Samsung uses Lookout's Android antivirus software to target business market

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Samsung Electronics is teaming with security solutions firm Lookout to install antivirus software on all of its forthcoming smartphones running Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android.

Samsung will integrate Lookout technology into its Knox security software, which is designed to make its Android phones more suitable for business users. Knox touts a three-pronged approach to device security including a customizable secure boot, ARM TrustZone-based Integrity Measurement Architecture and a kernel with built-in security enhancements for Android access controls. Lookout for Knox will include real-time, cloud-based scanning to protect against mobile threats originating via email attachments, browsers and any type of file-sharing services.

Employees in more than half of the world's Fortune 1000 companies have already installed Lookout services on their mobile devices. In all, more than 45 million people worldwide leverage Lookout safeguards, the firm said, adding it will release the standalone Lookout for Business later this year.

Malware threats targeting the open-source Android operating system returned with a vengeance during the second quarter after declining slightly during the first three months of 2013, increasing 35 percent to achieve growth rates not seen since early last year, security solutions firm McAfee reported last month. "'Backdoor' Trojans, which steal data without the victim's knowledge, and malware that goes after banking login information made up the largest portion of all new mobile malware families," McAfee said.

Security experts have blamed 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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