Samsung's Knox gets government foothold via Fixmo

Summary:Samsung's Knox technology now has a path into the Department of Defense through a partnership with Fixmo.

Fixmo, a company that provides mobile device management software for the Department of Defense and other government agencies, said it will support Samsung devices with its Knox security software.

The move should give Samsung's Knox devices---the Samsung Galaxy S4, Note and Tab---some government possibilities. Fixmo and Samsung announced a partnership at Mobile World Congress earlier this year.

On May 13, the DoD said that Samsung Knox devices could not be deployed internally without mobile management infrastructure, but were ok to be purchased by groups. Fixmo is now bringing those management tools to the party.

Under the arrangement, Fixmo will manage the Samsung Knox container, integrate it with its Enterprise Mobility Platform and provide monitoring and quarantine features to meet Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) requirements. In other words, Samsung devices will be able to be deployed in the DoD.

More:  Samsung to equip Android phones with enterprise antivirus software  |  Samsung continues enterprise focus with launch of Samsung Solutions Exchange  |  Samsung close to sealing deal with FBI, Navy on device supply  |  Samsung's Knox ready but delayed, thanks to support services setback

Fixmo's mobility platform will offer remote IT commands, provisioning and policy configuration for Samsung devices as well as management of VPN profiles, monitoring and application quarantine. The company is the first to meet STIG requirements for Apple iOS, Samsung and BlackBerry devices.

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Topics: Security, Mobility, Samsung


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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