Samsung's Knox 2.0 makes container and BYOD app security easier to use

Was this the real launch?

Samsung has greatly enhanced the practicality of its Knox smartphone and tablet security system, adding the ability to deploy apps from Google Play and offering a dedicated KNOX Marketplace for business-class software.

Although announced a year ago before being formally launched in October, the changes in Knox 2.0 are so fundamental it's tempting to see this as the system's real launch. The enhancements are numerous, almost confusingly so, mixing tweaks to current features as well as totally new capabilities.

IT departments embracing Knox as a monthly subscription will now get the Knox Marketplace, a store full of third-party apps (150 to start with), including eventually Office 365 and Google Docs. This is backed up by the Knox Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), a cloud-based single sign mobile management portal.

To improve the way apps can run in separate business and personal containers (the security firewall that defines the Knox hardware and software system), Samsung is for the first time allowing third-party containers to be added to the personal Knox system, specifically those from Good Technology's secure container, Fixmo's SafeZone and MobileIron's AppConnect.

The ability to support more than one secure container is seen as necessary for BYOD flexibility, for example when supporting a corporate network and a partner without compromising Knox's underlying hardware security.

Perhaps most important of all, most apps from Google's Play store will now be supported without the need to 'wrap' them so they will work inside Knox.

Different APNs (Access Point Names) can now be applied to data traffic from the business and personal containers, which allows independent billing of usage.

"Good customers can now benefit from KNOX's hardware and OS-level security," said Good Technology president and CEO, Christy Wyatt. "Samsung customers can uniquely enable the Good secure container as the mobile app security and management stack on KNOX devices and leverage the entire Good ecosystem of business productivity apps."

Samsung said it had sold more than 25 million Knox-enabled devices since October 2013, and was activating new ones at a rate of 7,000 per day.

Knox 2.0 will come pre-installed on the new Galaxy S5 smartphone and will be made available in Q2. Samsung devices will need to upgrade to Android KitKat 4.4 to be compatible with the software.

The Mobile World Congress has seem a number of Knox-related announcements, including its integration with Zscaler's security cloud service.

Join the CSO newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Mobile &ampNetworkingsecuritywireless

More about GalaxyGood TechnologyGoogleMobileIronSamsungTechnologyzScaler

Show Comments

Featured Whitepapers

Editor's Recommendations

Solution Centres

Stories by John E Dunn

Latest Videos

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Will your data protection strategy be enough when disaster strikes?

    Speakers: - Paul O’Connor, Engagement leader - Performance Audit Group, Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) - Nigel Phair, Managing Director, Centre for Internet Safety - Joshua Stenhouse, Technical Evangelist, Zerto - Anthony Caruana, CSO MC & Moderator

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: The Human Factor - Your people are your biggest security weakness

    ​Speakers: David Lacey, Researcher and former CISO Royal Mail David Turner - Global Risk Management Expert Mark Guntrip - Group Manager, Email Protection, Proofpoint

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Current ransomware defences are failing – but machine learning can drive a more proactive solution

    Speakers • Ty Miller, Director, Threat Intelligence • Mark Gregory, Leader, Network Engineering Research Group, RMIT • Jeff Lanza, Retired FBI Agent (USA) • Andy Solterbeck, VP Asia Pacific, Cylance • David Braue, CSO MC/Moderator What to expect: ​Hear from industry experts on the local and global ransomware threat landscape. Explore a new approach to dealing with ransomware using machine-learning techniques and by thinking about the problem in a fundamentally different way. Apply techniques for gathering insight into ransomware behaviour and find out what elements must go into a truly effective ransomware defence. Get a first-hand look at how ransomware actually works in practice, and how machine-learning techniques can pick up on its activities long before your employees do.

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Get real about metadata to avoid a false sense of security

    Speakers: • Anthony Caruana – CSO MC and moderator • Ian Farquhar, Worldwide Virtual Security Team Lead, Gigamon • John Lindsay, Former CTO, iiNet • Skeeve Stevens, Futurist, Future Sumo • David Vaile - Vice chair of APF, Co-Convenor of the Cyberspace Law And Policy Community, UNSW Law Faculty This webinar covers: - A 101 on metadata - what it is and how to use it - Insight into a typical attack, what happens and what we would find when looking into the metadata - How to collect metadata, use this to detect attacks and get greater insight into how you can use this to protect your organisation - Learn how much raw data and metadata to retain and how long for - Get a reality check on how you're using your metadata and if this is enough to secure your organisation

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: How banking trojans work and how you can stop them

    CSO Webinar: How banking trojans work and how you can stop them Featuring: • John Baird, Director of Global Technology Production, Deutsche Bank • Samantha Macleod, GM Cyber Security, ME Bank • Sherrod DeGrippo, Director of Emerging Threats, Proofpoint (USA)

    Play Video

More videos

Blog Posts

Market Place