Samsung Knox is an advanced security layer built into the Samsung hardware to provide defense-grade security to corporate data by segregating personal and corporate data on devices. In addiiton to enhanced corporate data security, Samsung Knox also provides admins the capability to simplify the management and deployment of devices. It's multi-level security options allows enterprises to address the security concerns in the open source Android platform. Click here for the list of devices which support Samsung Knox.
As a measure to enhance data security, Samsung Knox creates a container to segregate corporate and personal data on devices. To access the container, the user must enter a Samsung Knox container specific password in addition to the device passcode. This creates an additional layer of security around the corporate data. It also provides automated onboarding and provisioning options that ensure the Knox security capabilities are available right out-of-the-box.
Mobile devices, though simplify corporate data access, also pose unique challenges to organizations, such as greater risk of loss and theft, complex mobile malware etc. Samsung Knox provides organizations that have adopted mobility, the perfect solution to secure corporate data on mobile devices. Here are a few benefits offered by Samsung Knox:
Due to the enterprise-grade security features offered by Samsung Knox, these devices are being increasingly adopted in organizations. To ensure seamless Samsung Knox management, IT admins are deploying Samsung Knox manager or Samsung Knox MDM, to onboard devices and distribute all the required corporate configurations, apps and documents.
Many mobile device management solutions, act as Samsung Knox manager (Samsung Knox MDM) and allow organizations to manage Knox devices and put these capabilities to the best of use. One example of a Samsung Knox manager is Mobile Device Manager Plus (MDM) which allows organizations to manage Samsung Knox devices and provides extensive support to Knox security capabilities.
From a business perspective, the recommended best practice is to leverage a mobile device management solution to simplify Samsung Knox management and provide enhanced security capabilities. These capabilities can be categorized into two parts.
Here's how MDM manages Samsung Knox devices and complements the Knox security capabilities:
Knox Mobile Enrollment is an out-of-the-box enrollment method which ensures compatible devices get enrolled with MDM on first boot-up, right after unboxing the devices. The complete enrollment process is automated and requires no user intervention - similar to Google's Zero Touch Enrollment for Android devices.
For organizations performing large scale enterprise device roll outs, manually enrolling device after device is a cumbersome task. Knox Mobile Enrollment lets you enroll devices in bulk and also skip initial setup steps, ensuring users can begin using the device without having to configure the initial setup steps.
Another benefit for the devices enrolled using Knox Mobile Enrollment is mandatory management. In case users try to hard reset their devices, management will still be retained in them. This holds good even for misplaced or stolen devices; ensuring unauthorized personnel cannot use them. MDM also provides other proactive and reactive methods to secure misplaced or stolen devices.
For the complete step-by-step procedure and prerequisites to perform Knox Mobile Enrollment using MDM, refer to our help document.
Knox Management in Mobile Device Manager Plus (MDM) provides precise control of corporate data accessed by employees along with flexible mobile device management operations, without compromising on data security. By deploying Samsung Knox compatible devices using MDM, IT Administrators can
With MDM, all these operations can be performed from a unified console. However, the only prerequisite to create a Knox container is to purchase Knox Workspace Licenses by creating a Knox Portal Account. Learn more here.
Knox containers ensure sensitive business data and user's personal data are demarcated, enabling the IT admin to have complete control over the work profile while having zero control over the user's personal profile. Here's how a Knox container is depicted on a device.
With regards to supported policies for the Knox container, MDM lets you define parameters to secure the container using a passcode; configure E-mail, Exchange ActiveSync accounts; impose restrictions to disable device level features and functionalities.
For organizations using custom enterprise apps for their specific needs, MDM lets you add and distribute them into devices equipped with Knox containers. Availability of custom apps for employees regardless of using personal devices enhances productivity, with zero compromise towards security.
Using a Samsung Knox MDM for management offers various advantages. Some of the benefits of a Samsung Knox MDM are: