Samsung has partnered with Centrify to create a sweep of upgrades for its Knox security service.
The partnership means Centrify's security systems will power Samsung Knox's cloud-based identity and access management (IAM) and Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) cloud-based services.
The upgraded enterprise mobility services are designed to offer IT managers a wealth of new powers and make it easier to set up and control devices running Knox.
Centrify senior vice president of business development Shreyas Sadalgi explained to V3: "It enables zero sign-on scenarios for IT managers and attaches enterprise user identities directly to the device. If you're an enterprise employee who activates Knox through EMM you open your enterprise identity on the device straight away and get one-click access to all the enterprise apps you need.
"For IT in this new era of BYOD, there's also an ongoing question ‘how do I get a foothold [on] who has what access to an application?'. With Knox we have time-based and location-based access so they can decide who has access to key services, [such as] Salesforce [or] Dropbox. For example, if the employee is in an area they [the IT manager] don't trust they can boost the security and authentication."
As an added bonus for firms with mixed mobile environments, the Knox EMM service is compatible with Apple iOS and non-Samsung Android devices and software as a service (SasS) apps.
Knox is a custom security technology based on the Security-Enhanced Linux (SE Linux) technology, developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and was debuted on the Galaxy S4 in 2013.
At a basic level, Knox is a sandboxing service that lets users create separate work and personal areas on their device. The work area is password protected and encrypts any data stored on it. The feature also allows IT managers to perform tasks such as remotely wiping files stored on the work side without deleting content on the personal side.
Samsung added upgraded certificate management, VPN+ and enhanced container security powers, as well as new Marketplace and EMM services to Knox during its 2.0 upgrade in February.
Knox is a key part of Samsung's enterprise expansion plans. Samsung announced plans to radically increase its business-to-business (B2B) operations to make the division account for more than a quarter of the firm's projected $400bn global revenue by 2020 during a press briefing V3 attended in June.
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