Samsung and Good Technology have launched a joint mobile security suite for enterprise Android users nearly a year after first announcing plans for the service.
Good for Samsung Knox combines Good Technology's app container security tool and enterprise app ecosystem with Samsung's Knox mobile security and management platform.
The integration was announced at Mobile World Congress 2014 and creates a 'Good-Secured' domain within Knox.
The domain separates, protects and manages Good Technology's apps as well as unspecified custom apps that have been checked by the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform.
The Knox platform is based on the US National Security Agency's Security Enhanced Linux technology.
It is designed to offer IT managers similar sandboxing powers to those on the BlackBerry Balance, creating separate encrypted work and personal areas on devices.
Knox also offers certificate management, VPN+ and enterprise mobility management services, which Good Technology also supports.
Samsung executive vice president Injong Rhee described the launch as a key step in the firm's efforts to allay enterprise customers' concerns about Android security.
"Together, Samsung and Good are addressing the growing importance of mobility management for enterprises by delivering a secure mobile productivity solution for Android that will relieve organisations of past concerns with Android adoption," he said.
"The combination of Samsung and Good represents the best solution for secure enterprise Android productivity no matter whether corporate-liable ownership models are being used."
Christy Wyatt, chairman and CEO of Good Technology, expects the integration to push Knox into the Fortune 100.
"The largest companies in the world trust Good Technology as the secure mobility leader, including all of the Fortune 100 commercial banks and other industry leading companies in over 190 countries," he said.
"By partnering with Samsung to integrate our container and secure app ecosystem with the Knox platform, we are delivering a comprehensive, layered solution to secure Samsung Android devices in the enterprise."
The news follows concerns about the security of early Android versions. Google cut WebView security patch support on 12 January for these versions which, according to developer stats, still run on over 930 million devices.
The move is believed to be a consequence of Google's and device manufacturers' inability to deal with fragmentation in the Android ecosystem.
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