Good, Better, Knox

Samsung Knox is often titled the world’s safest mobile operating system. Governments all over the world rely on Samsung Knox, including the Finnish state administration. But what sets it apart from other similar systems?

There are countless options for mobile operating systems. Some of them are good, while others are just that much better. As one of Samsung’s own, I naturally choose our Knox platform. Here’s why.

Samsung Knox in three pros and one con:

1) It’s good enough for state administration

Samsung Knox was first and foremost designed for business use, and the platform comes with a notable resume. Globally, it has been certified by 29 different state administrations, including the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA). Samsung Knox Android was the first device platform whose data storage meets the requirements set in Katakri 2015, the Finnish national security audit criteria. Basically all these fancy titles mean that devices equipped with Knox have sufficient information security for government and business use.

The three cornerstones of Samsung Knox Android are a secure user environment, protected applications, and Mobile Device Management (MDM). I firmly believe that if our information security system is good enough to protect government secrets, it should easily solve the security issues of the average user. Most phones are less likely to contain sensitive material than those of government officials – and no, text fails, embarrassing browser histories, and holiday photos do not count as sensitive material.

2) All-in-one – built-in information security

Data can be protected by downloading and installing information security apps, but Knox is built into the hardware of your device. The additional security that Knox provides doesn’t need to be separately implemented and it protects your device from the moment it’s configured. You can easily begin using your device once it’s out of the package.

3) Stay secure at home and at work

Knox Mobile Enrollment or KME (yes, we love our abbreviations) ensures that devices can easily be introduced to companies. Previously agreed settings and programs automatically launch as the device is switched on, and the end user doesn’t need to worry about information security. This also saves the IT department some expenses.

Knox offers seamless switching between two operating spaces for personal and business use. This ensures that company applications and data are stored in their own container or workspace behind an encryption key. This way, companies can set identification methods that allow access to company data. If the device is compromised, the workspace is permanently locked and encrypted data can no longer be accessed. When sensitive data is separated into its own workspace, the user can operate their device at home without having to worry about mixing personal and company information.

Knox offers seamless switching between two operating spaces for personal and business use.

4) If only everyone could enjoy the same security

Samsung Knox can be compared to a house: a new roof is no use if the pipes are leaking. Because Samsung owns the entire production chain of our mobile devices, we can build information security from the ground up. Although I’m obviously writing this through my Samsung goggles, I can confidently say that the only con about Knox is that it only exists on Samsung devices. It would be best for everyone to have such trusted mobile security. In fact, such security would make stealing phones pointless and they would simply be returned to lost and found. I think that sounds rather ideal – don’t you?