Samsung and Good combine products to boost Android enterprise credibility

Samsung's goal is to extend its reach into corporations

Samsung Electronics and Good Technology hope to convince more enterprises to use Android-based smartphones and tablets, with the help of a joint offering designed to protect the OS, applications and data.

Samsung has struggled to make a dent in the enterprise market with Knox, but is hoping that a string of partnerships will help boost the security platform's standing among CIOs. The latest result is the launch of Good for Samsung Knox, which became available on Tuesday.

Using technology from both companies, Good for Samsung Knox is designed to prevent rooting of corporate Android devices, or rooted BYOD devices from accessing corporate resources. It also protects devices against Android malware that attempts to modify the kernel or system. Rooting is a process that gives root access to the Android operating system code.

For all this to work, enterprises have to use smarthones and tablets from Samsung and apps that have been customized for Good's containerization technology, which creates a virtual fence around apps to protect them and the data they access.

The two companies first joined forces about a year ago, but it has taken until now for them to develop a truly integrated offering. The goal is to relieve organizations of concerns about Android adoption, according to Samsung.

At the end of last year, Samsung stepped up its enterprise push. In November, the company announced a partnership with BlackBerry to integrate BES 12 (BlackBerry Enterprise Server) with Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Samsung's cooperation with BlackBerry and Good is part of a strategy to offer enterprises a bit more flexibility when it comes to the technology building blocks used to secure and manage devices. Last week, the company also announced integration with Cisco Systems' VPN platform.

These developments are a step in the right direction, but the mobile enterprise sector still has a lot of growing up to do, according to Leif-Olof Wallin, research vice president at Gartner. There is an acute shortage of standards, especially for containerization.

"It's a bit stone age that you can only write an app for Good's environment, and if you want it to work with MobileIron or AirWatch you have to rework it," he said.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

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

Tags securitySamsung Electronicsmobile securityGood Technology

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

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

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

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

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?