Samsung has unveiled an enterprise version of its Galaxy S3 smartphone under its own Samsung Approved for Enterprise (Safe) programme.
The device will first be available in the US, via AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular from July, and will feature several capabilities designed to make it acceptable to IT managers for staff to use.
Samsung claims that Safe will offer companies increased control over mobile devices connecting to their network, with devices carrying the brand featuring support options for 338 IT policies.
These options include on-device AES-256 bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and support for Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) services.
"The Safe-branded and quality assurance-tested Galaxy S3 smartphone systematically defragments Android to provide a consistent level of IT compliance for individuals who demand the very best in both their personal and professional lives," said Samsung vice president, Tim Wagner.
At the time of publishing Samsung had not responded to V3's request for clarification whether Safe devices will be launching in the UK.
Apple has long had the upper hand in the enterprise space due to concerns over the security of Google's platform, but Samsung is clearly determined to take on Apple in this market.
The announcement also follows widespread reports from security vendors that the number of cyber attacks targeting mobile devices is rapidly increasing.
Security firm F-Secure said that mobile malware levels have quadrupled over the last two years in its most recent quarterly threat report.
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