Samsung picks AuthenTec for VPN security: One more BYOD excuse

Summary:Samsung is partnering with AuthenTec to offer Galaxy smartphone users with VPN for enterprise security. You just won yet another excuse to bring your Samsung Galaxy smartphone to work.

Samsung has chosen AuthenTec's virtual private networking (VPN) software to bolster its range of Android devices for the enterprise.

Bringing your new Galaxy S III --- dubbed the "bring-your-own device" buddy --- to work just got that little bit easier. Despite its legal troubles, the Galaxy S III remains as one of the top contenders to to take on the likes of the iPhone in the enterprise. 

But above all else, to make BYOD work, you cannot have a device that sacrifices security and productivity for consumer-focused features. At the same time, with the rise of teleworkers and employees working by train or plane, working away from the office requires a level of security that can be guaranteed and dependable.

By integrating AuthenTec's QuickSec VPN client technology in Samsung's range of Galaxy smartphones gives users secure access to corporate networks to internal documents, features and applications --- without sacrificing mobility.

At the same time, it comes with a customisable user interface that doesn't need messing around with, configuring or hassle from the end user: in most cases it requires a PIN or a password and that's it. You're in.

QuickSec is compatible with newer Android versions --- Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" and above --- and is compatible with all major VPN gateways, making the software choice a logical pick for Samsung's millions of mobile users. 

It also includes IPv6, IKEv2 with MOBIKE, XAuth, EAP-based authentication, and split-tunneling support.

AuthenTec, which also makes biometric chips for PCs and mobile devices, jumped by more than 12 percent in pre-market trading on the Nasdaq on Monday. 

Image credit: CNET.

Topics: Samsung, Enterprise 2.0, Security

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