NQ Mobile integrates with Samsung Knox to bolster Android security

Samsung will leverage NQSky to strengthen device management and security protection across Knox-enabled products

Samsung Electronics reached an agreement to integrate NQ Mobile's NQSky mobile device management platform into its Knox mobile enterprise security software.

The end-to-end Knox solution provides security hardening from the hardware to the application layer on selected Samsung devices running Google's Android. Knox uses application container technology, now allowing IT departments to support both bring-your-own-device and corporate-liable models without risking corporate security or employee privacy. The platform also touts a customizable secure boot and ARM TrustZone-based integrity measurement architecture.

NQSky provides enterprise mobility services like mobile data strategy consulting, architecture design and deployment--and mobile device content and application management.

Samsung will leverage NQSky to strengthen device management and security protection across Knox-enabled products. Enterprises may also use the platform-agnostic NQSKy to manage employee access across rival Android devices as well as iOS and Windows Phone.

The NQ Mobile portfolio includes security tools a well as mobile gaming and advertising products. As of the end of the second quarter, the firm served more than 1,250 enterprise customers and a global user base of 372 million registered user accounts.

The Google-led Android mobile OS is under attack by more than a million malware threats and high-risk applications, according to data recently issued by security software firm Trend Micro. Seventy-five percent of questionable apps identified by Trend Micro perform outright malicious routines like sending messages to certain numbers and registering users to costly services while the remaining 25 percent exhibit dubious routines, including adware.

Security experts blame Android fragmentation for the platform's vulnerabilities, noting that the vast majority of devices run older versions of the Android OS, preventing them from receiving new security measures delivered by Google and leaving users exposed to threats. Critics also maintain that Google has failed to sufficiently police its Google Play digital storefront, making it easy for attackers to distribute malware via Android apps.

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