Report: Samsung to delay release of KNOX security platform until summer
Samsung is delaying the release of its KNOX enterprise security platform until the summer, according to a report by the New York Times citing sources familiar with the company's plans.
In launching the Android-based Galaxy S4, Samsung said that the smartphone would ship with the KNOX security platform. The company listed KNOX as an additional feature for the business-to-business version of the Galaxy S4. The smartphone is expected to hit AT&T stores this weekend.
Instead, Samsung decided to delay the release of KNOX for additional testing internally and with carriers, according to sources cited by the Times. Samsung confirmed with the newspaper that a full version of KNOX would not be available until a later date, although "framework components" of KNOX come standard with the Galaxy S4.
Samsung's answer to the BlackBerry Balance technology, KNOX enables the secure separation of corporate and personal workspaces on the smartphone to protect the security of corporate data and applications.
The secure KNOX container offers enterprise applications such as email, browser, contacts, calendars, file sharing, collaboration, customer relationship management and business intelligence applications.
KNOX incorporates the security-enhanced Android platform developed by the National Security Agency and integrity management services implemented in both hardware and the Android framework.
Greater security is considered essential for widespread adoption of Android devices in the enterprises, particularly since recent security reports, such as one released by SophosLabs, have found a sharp rise in malware targeting Android devices.