Government Approves Samsung KNOX


Do you BYOD (bring your own device)? If your company doesn’t offer this option yet, it may soon, as there is a greater push for enterprise-developed applications in the M2M market as of late. This will necessitate companies to make tough decisions regarding how to secure the data and what types of devices to allow. The government, for one, just recently put its stamp of approval on Samsung KNOX-enabled connected devices.

On Friday, Samsung,, and the U.S. DoD (Dept. of Defense),, announced KNOX-enabled devices have been approved for use by U.S. government and military officials within DoD networks. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the first smartphone to be enabled with KNOX, and Samsung smartphones and tablets will continue to feature KNOX in the future.

At the application layer, KNOX offers a container solution that separates business and personal use of a mobile device, making it a good option for BYOD. Samsung KNOX also incorporates encryption and process isolation to protect business information from data leakage and malware attacks.

This is big news for the connected device and M2M space. The approval by the DoD signals consumer-based devices could have a place in a government setting, as the DoD guidelines for mobile operation systems are one of the highest security standards.

What’s more, the approval could also enable other government agencies and regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services to adopt Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets in the future, opening the opportunity for more connected devices at the enterprise.

Samsung is not stopping here. The tech giant is also seeking certifications from other international government certification bodies for KNOX-enabled devices to be used in government worldwide.

IT leaders in charge of heading up the move to BYOD are quickly finding a big need to decide not only what type of devices to allow on corporate policies, but also how to secure business data on devices. Samsung KNOX enables separation between personal and professional information and heightens security.

Samsung KNOX isn’t the only option either. Earlier this year, Samsung also announced a partnership with Red Bend Software,, offering a dual-persona device that will separate the personal and professional data on two completely different operating systems working side-by-side on one device.

For corporate executives, one of the biggest considerations when moving to BYOD is the data—how it is secured and how it is accessed on mobile devices. Recent developments by hardware providers could make the move to BYOD more feasible by offering new options to secure the data.

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