Samsung Electronics has announced Knox, an end-to-end solution that provides security hardening for its hardware through the application layer, for consumers.
Knox implements a concept called “container” which is a separate secure execution environment for a set of pre-screened applications to run and store data.
Applications running outside the container have only limited access to the data stored inside the container where security is enforced by system-level protection by Knox. User data stored in the container is protected from malware and phishing attacks as well as hacking attempts on the physical device if it is stolen.
Samsung originally announced earlier this year the availability of Knox for use by enterprise by giving IT departments comprehensive control without infringing on employees’ privacy and keeping them satisfied with the consistent user experience of their personal device.
Since then it has extended its security features to enable consumers to activate the container without involving the IT department and to store important personal data inside the container. For example, important personal pictures or video can be stored in the container with no worries of data leakage.
In addition, users may choose to store enterprise applications and data such as corporate e-mail, contacts and calendar, allowing the IT department to manage the container through EAS (Exchange ActiveSync Server). These features make Samsung Knox an ideal platform for BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device to work), the company claimed.
Knox will be commercially available across the globe on all of Samsung’s upcoming high-end smartphones and tablets including Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition). The company said support for other devices will be announced soon.
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