Samsung moving towards BlackBerry style with Knox

Samsung moving towards BlackBerry style with Knox

Samsung has announced a major change to its Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S III offerings, which should make it much easier for businesses to implement the bring your own device (BYOD) trend and the efficiency that comes with it.

The South Korean tablet and smartphone manufacturer has announced the creation of Samsung Knox, taking the company very much into the mobile devices for business market.

The new enterprise security system comes packed with a host of new features to combat the security threats posed to professionals who use their own devices for work purposes.

Samsung claims the new platform offers mobile device management (MDM), application and platform security.

It said that Knox will harden security for Android devices from the ground up, while protecting enterprise data and applications.
It claimed that the platform "offers a seamless and intuitive dual-persona platform for at work and at home. Knox container comforts users as their privacy and personal properties are in tact".

Remote deletion of business data from host devices by the IT admin is also an option through Knox, as well as the ability to ensure all confidential business data is deleted if a tablet or smartphone is lost.

The new addition can also reduce threats of tampering and the bypassing of application-security protocols, which could bring the devices made by the company closer to the security features offered by BlackBerry.

The Canadian firm has gone through a major shake-up of late, changing its name to BlackBerry from Research In Motion, releasing the BB10 operating system, and alongside it two new devices, the Z10 and Q10.

Security has been beefed up on the new platform, with BlackBerry Balance enabling users to separate their personal and work data and documents, which boost the ability of companies to incorporate top-level data security measures.

Samsung is hoping that the addition of Knox to its Note 2 and S III will see it make up ground on BlackBerry in the business market, which has been the area of traditional support for the Canadian firm.