Last year Samsung announced its Knox security feature which provided enterprise level security on an Android device and allows business and personal content to exist in the same device. Today at the MWC 2014 the company introduces an improved version of this feature called Knox 2.0 as well as the availability of the Knox Marketplace.
With Knox 2.0, Google Play apps no longer need to run in a dedicated Knox workspace as it will now be digitally secured first. Previously, business related apps and personal apps were separated for security reasons. Samsung says that most of the apps available at the Google Play store can now be installed in the secure space of the device.
Knox 2.0 also takes advantage of the several features found in the Samsung Galaxy S5. An example of this is the two-factor identification which requires a user to enter a passwords and a fingerprint verification to unlock the device.
Another new feature is the Knox Key Store which generates and manages encryption keys inside the TrustZone protected environment. It also conducts real-time monitoring preventing unauthorized edit of the kernel code, kernel data, and system partitions.
Samsung also unveiled the Knox Marketplace which is an enterprise level storefront. It’s basically a cloud-based app store that allows managers to choose an app and easily install it in all of the employee smartphones in just a few clicks.
The company also revealed the Knox Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) which is a cloud-based management service.
Injong Rhee, SVP of Samsung’s Knox business said, “These two products are designed to better serve small and medium sized businesses, who don’t have an IT department to rely on, but they want to manage their customers in a secure manner.”
Since Know launched in October of last year it already has 25 million users with 1 million users that are active. Samsung says that it is expecting 210,000 Knox-enabled devices each month which translates to roughly 7,000 devices each day.
Knox 2.0 is expected to be released at the second quarter of this year. Current Knox users will have to upgrade their device to Android KitKat before they can use the new version. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will have Knox 2.0 pre-installed in it once it is released.