Fort Knox (US Army)

In a major strategic move, Samsung has announced an end-to-end security solution for mobile devices for the enterprise.  The solution is appropriately named KNOX.  KNOX appears to be the Fort Knox of mobile security in an enterprise.

The best way to understand KNOX is to break it down into two components.

Platform Security

Platform security includes a secure boot that allows only authorized software to run on a device. The platform also incorporates a secure version of Android developed by the National

Agency.  Further, an ARM TrustZone-based Integrity Measurement Architecture is implemented to continuously monitor the integrity of the Linux kernel.  If there is a violation of the integrity of the kernel, one potential action is to disable the kernel and power down the device.

Application Security

Application security is provided via the container that separates the enterprise applications and data inside the container from those outside the container.  The data inside the container is encrypted using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) with a 256 bit key…Read more at Forbes

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