Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (KRX:005935) announced the global availability of KNOX 2.0, the company’s end-to-end mobile security suit, on Wednesday for its latest flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone.
KNOX 2.0, which is designed to provide advanced data and privacy protection for enterprise users, has been renamed KNOX Workspace, and the service now includes enterprise mobility management (EMM), Marketplace and Customization, in addition to the previous-generation KNOX features.
KNOX EMM provides cloud-based Mobile Device Management and Identity and Access Management with a rich set of IT policies to implement company guidelines, while KNOX Marketplace is considered as one-stop shop for SMBs to find, buy and use KNOX and enterprise cloud apps in a unified environment.
When it comes to KNOX Customization, the service offers an effective way to create highly customized B2B solutions with off-the-shelf hardware by providing either SDK or Binary to Systems Integrators.
Other new KNOX 2.0 features include an improved user interface, better device integrity from kernel to app, TrustZone-Protected Certificate Management, Two-factor Biometric Authentication and support for Google Play Store apps.
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KNOX 2.0 will be available on other Samsung Galaxy devices through OS upgrades in the coming months, while users of KNOX 1.0 will be automatically migrated to KNOX 2.0 with an OS upgrade, according to Samsung.
“KNOX has been widely deployed by enterprises since it became first commercially available in the market in September 2013,”JK Shin, president and CEO, head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung, said. “As a result of this rapid adoption, we needed to evolve the Samsung KNOX platform to directly address the ever-changing needs of the enterprise as we demonstrate our commitment to protect and respond to future enterprise mobility and security challenges.”