Samsung makes Galaxy smartphone more enterprise friendly

The company has partnered with Cisco and Sybase to make its latest Galaxy smartphone more secure

Samsung Galaxy S II mobile phone

Samsung Galaxy S II mobile phone

Hoping to make Android more attractive to security-minded CIOs, Samsung has added encryption and integrated Cisco's AnyConnect VPN client on its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S II, it said on Sunday at the Mobile World Congress.

The encryption is implemented on the phone's hardware to improve performance, according to Samsung. Data stored on both the internal and external storage can be encrypted. Security features are not much use for an enterprise without the ability to manage them, so Samsung also announced it has partnered with Sybase on mobile device management.

Using Sybase's Afaria platform, an IT department can enforce device encryption. Other features include the ability to control what applications are installed on the Galaxy S II or if the user is allowed to use the camera, the Bluetooth or the Wi-Fi connection.

While Sybase is helping Samsung to protect data on the smartphone, Cisco helps protect corporate data, including e-mail and virtual desktops, between the Galaxy S II and the enterprise network. Cisco's AnyConnect client is used by more than 40 percent of enterprises, according to Samsung.

The partnership with Cisco includes integration of its online conferencing platform WebEx and the Mobile client on the Galaxy S II, as well. The latter allow users to make voice over Internet Protocol calls via a Wi-Fi network. Using WebEx, Galaxy S II owners will be able to view shared desktops, browsers, applications and documents with live annotations. Meetings can be started directly from the address book.

The last part of Samsung's push to make the Galaxy S II more enterprise friendly is its implementation of Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync protocol, which will, for example, allow users to look for contacts using Exchange's Global Address List, while also being able to synchronize e-mail, calendar, contacts and tasks.

See also Cisco gears up for expected flood of mobile data.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags securitysmartphonesAndroidsoftwareencryptionPhonesconsumer electronicssystem managementPhone applicationsSamsung ElectronicsMWC

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?