Samsung Launches Greatly Expanded Knox 2.0 on Galaxy S5

Samsung is out with version 2.0 of Knox, its secure mobile platform for "bring your own device" (BYOD) companies. The solution is currently available only for the Galaxy S5 handset, although the company said it will be making 2.0 available on other Galaxy models via updates to the operating system.

Knox uses a security-hardened version of Android, and provides a container to separate work files and apps from personal ones. It comes pre-installed on the S5, and IT departments will need to activate it if they want to use it.

The company also noted that Knox, first launched in 2013, has now been broken up into several products. The original Knox, which consisted of a core security platform and an app container, is now named Knox Workspace.

EMM, Marketplace

Knox 2.0, announced in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, includes that Workspace, as well as Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), Marketplace and Customization. EMM offers cloud-based mobile device management and identity/access management with single sign-on and Directory service. There is also certificate management, so the smartphone can be used as a smartcard.

Marketplace is a shop for Knox and enterprise cloud apps, and Customization offers ways to create customized B2B solutions using off-the-shelf hardware, either through an SDK or Binary to Systems Integrators.

The newest Workspace offers security enhancements, including TrustZone-Protected Certificate Management, Knox Key Store, Real-Time Protection for System Integrity, TrustZone-Protected ODE, Two-factor Biometric Authentication and the Enhanced Generic Framework of Knox.

JK Shin, President and CEO of Samsung's IT and Mobile Communications Division, said in a statement that, "as a result of [Knox 1.0's] rapid adoption, we needed to evolve the Samsung Knox platform to directly address the ever-changing needs of the enterprise."

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The company also said the user experience has been enhanced to offer new features designed to improve flexibility for enterprises....

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