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Samung Galaxy S4 to come with Knox security tracking from Absolute

04 Apr 2013
Samsung Galaxy S4

Security firm Absolute Software is to offer its mobile tracking and management tools as part of Samsung's Knox platform, beefing up security for its Galaxy S4 users.

Absolute said that it would be including its firmware-level security package in the Knox bundle which was announced by Samsung in February and is set to launch on the Galaxy S4 later this month.

Absolute's mobile tracking and management tools allow administrators to manage security access policies and protections to the hardware itself on the firmware level. Additionally, the software's tracking and remote management tools will allow administrators to hunt down and wipe stolen devices.

The addition of Absolute's tools builds on a Knox bundle which partners Samsung's own enterprise security protections with data management tools from third-party vendors such as Centrify.

"As we expand our position in the enterprise market, our customers are demanding enterprise-level security solutions. This is what Samsung Knox and Absolute deliver," said Samsung Electronics senior vice president of technology strategy Injong Rhee.

"Absolute's firmware-persistence technology and managed theft protection services are a feature of Samsung Knox for our enhanced security software and services strategy for the enterprise market."

Widely viewed as a challenger for the security services offered by BlackBerry, the Knox package is Samsung's aim to ease enterprise fears on the security and manageability of the Android platform in the enterprise which have arisen in the face of growing malware threats.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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