Samsung to offer more features in SAFE enterprise security product

Software development kit enables enterprise app developers to incorporate security features into MDM

Samsung plans to offer additional features in its SAFE enterprise security product this year, said Tim Wagner, vice president and general manager of business-to-business sales at Samsung. Wagner announced the plan to an audience at the Mobility Awards held Wednesday in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show.

SAFE is a software development kit that enables enterprise app developers to incorporate security features into their mobile device management solutions.

These security features include Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Exchange ActiveSync for email, calendar and contacts; in-device AES 256-bit encryption for data security; VPN connectivity for secure access to corporate networks; and multivendor mobile device management support, Wagner said.

SAFE integrates with whatever MDM product an enterprise is using. "No matter what aspect of SAFE an enterprise implements, it all works with its MDM solution ... We give them more access to APIs so they can do more with it," he told FierceMobileIT.

During his presentation, Wagner discussed the results of a BYOD study Samsung conducted with IDC. The survey polled 250 IT decision makers and 501 employees at firms with at least 100 employees to gauge their views on BYOD.

According to the survey, 85 percent of companies support BYOD today, and more than 70 percent of IT decision makers believe companies without a BYOD strategy are at a competitive disadvantage.

Around half of IT decision makers surveyed believe that access to enterprise productivity applications and resources, such as customer relationship management, is important, while only 28 percent of employees think so.

In addition, 84 percent of IT decision makers said that security using mobile device management and encryption is critical to BYOD, while 74 percent of employees thought it was critical.

Wagner told the audience that by the end of this year, there will be more than one billion Android devices in use. Many of those smartphones are going to make their way into the enterprise.

For more:
- see Samsung's SAFE website and BYOD survey

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