Samsung Knox tapped by UK gov for public sector

Summary:User guidance issued by the UK government recommends the use of Samsung Knox within the public sector.

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The UK government has published guidance recommending that Samsung Knox is used on devices running Android 4.3 in order to keep communication secure within the public sector.

Following months of testing by the UK's Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG), the organization tasked with guiding government departments on communications security, the UK government has published End User Devices (EUD) Security Guidance for Samsung Knox on using selected Samsung Android smartphones and tablets.

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Now advocated by the governmental body, UK public sector workers have the option of using Samsung devices for business use rather than only for personal use, as long as Knox is enabled.

Samsung Knox is an Android-based solution developed for business, government and enterprise use. When enabled on your smartphone or tablet, Knox provides users with additional layers of security, a dedicated app store with verified, safe applications, and the ability to register your device within an enterprise setting. Launched in 2013, Knox aims to make mobile device use within an enterprise safer, while at the same time catering for needs generated by the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend.

Graham Long, Vice President of the Samsung UK & Ireland enterprise business team said:

"Mobile device data security is a major focus for Samsung, and our KNOX technology provides a comprehensive solution for businesses and the public sector. We are pleased that our KNOX enabled devices have been cleared for use by the UK Government, and are confident given the period of intensive testing that the robust capabilities of KNOX act as a credible security solution for government agencies.

Our technology is widely used in both the UK public and private sector, and with this approval we are committed to working more closely with government departments and agencies that need to maintain high levels of security and data confidentiality on their mobile devices."

Samsung Knox-enabled smartphones available under the UK government's guidance include the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 and the South Korean firm's newest flagship device, the Galaxy S5. This month, the tech giant launched Knox 2.0 on the S5, improving upon security layers and  featuring "cutting-edge core platform security, improved user experience, and an expansive ecosystem to better meet the rapidly evolving enterprise mobility needs of customer," according to the company.  

Topics: Samsung, Mobility, Security


Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

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