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article imageOp-Ed: Samsung's Knox to knock-out BlackBerry, again

By Eko Armunanto     Mar 13, 2013 in Technology
Samsung Knox is the comprehensive enterprise mobile solution for work and play. With increasing use of the smartphones in business, it addresses mobile security needs of enterprise IT without invading the privacy of employees.
Knox addresses platform security with a comprehensive strategy: Hardward baked in Secure Boot, ARM TrustZone based Integrity Measurement Architecture and Kernel with built in Security Enhanced Android Mandatory Access Controls to secure the system, says Samsung in it's official website.
Samsung says its Knox relies on two crucial pieces: Secure Boot and Security Enhanced (SE) Android. Secure Boot prevents any non-verified -authorized applications from running on the device. This feature will go a long way to ensure malicious code cannot be run to compromise company data or attempt to access company resources. SE Android provides the mechanism to isolate applications and data into different domains to reduce tampering and the bypassing of application security. It also works to prevent any damage to sensitive data caused by malicious software.
Samsung says its upcoming Galaxy S4 smartphone will be padlocked with its security solution called Knox, referring to Fort Knox, a fortified vault building used to store a large portion of United States official gold reserves. Galaxy S4 users will be able to maintain separate identities for work and play. Samsung Knox places users' personal and work applications into separate and isolated containers, preventing malware from infiltrating the corporate network.
The Galaxy S4 will be released Thursday. Having already stolen the consumer crown from Apple's iPhone, Samsung is looking to displace BlackBerry in the business world, CNN Money said.
Despite the struggling RIM (Research In Motion) had renamed itself BlackBerry in a move to refresh its tarnished image as it begins marketing a re-engineered line of BlackBerry 10 smartphones, its aging line-up of devices has competed poorly against the likes of Apple Inc's iPhone and Samsung's wide array of Galaxy devices.
Addressing BlackBerry's in business segments, Samsung's Knox system is designed to help admins make data leakage, viruses and malware attacks a thing of the past for Samsung devices on the Android platform. BlackBerry is not the force it once was, but enterprises will still want Samsung to show that it can offer a similar level of security with its handsets. Samsung's sales of its Galaxy S series devices had exceeded 100 million units, in January 2013 alone, with the original Galaxy notching up 24 million sales, and the S2 and S3 both surpassing 40 million units each.
The only other handset posing any real challenge for the Galaxy S2 and S3 has been the iPhone who has gained a presence in 80% of Fortune 500 companies and Apple has been stealing BlackBerry contracts away from several government agencies.
Samsung claims its new security system as "strong like Fort Knox", but isolated systems are nothing new in the security world, and smartphone software is built with many of those protections already built in. Yet hackers still have proven able to break through the digital walls, fences and containers that security professionals have thrown at them. The threat landscape is changing all the time.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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