Samsung Knox is a defense-grade security layer built into Samsung mobile devices to enhance corporate data security by segregating personal and corporate data on these devices. In addition to enhanced corporate data security, Knox also enables IT admins the capability to simplify the management and deployment of devices. The multi-level security options on Samsung Knox devices allow 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, Knox creates a virtual container within the device to segregate corporate and personal data on it. 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.
Samsung Knox is a security platform on a Samsung device making it business-ready. Knox focuses on transforming a normal device into one that is secure enough to handle sensitive corporate data. It essentially encrypts data on the device with strong algorithms and provides a virtual workspace within the device to isolate work files from personal ones.
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. 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 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 using MDM 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 MDM capabilities for Samsung Knox devices 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.
To setup a Knox Container on Knox-supported Samsung devices using MDM, these are the steps to be followed:
When a valid Knox license is distributed and applied to a device, a Knox container will be created within it, facilitating the user to securely access corporate apps and files within that space.
Using a Samsung Knox MDM for management offers various advantages. Some of the benefits of a Samsung Knox MDM are:
Managing Samsung devices to exercise organizational control over them constitutes Samsung Mobile Device Management (MDM). Samsung Knox simplifies various aspects of Samsung MDM with benefits like automated enrollment, integration with MDM tools and mandatory management.
Not every Samsung device comes with in-built Knox compatibility. Refer to this link to know exactly which Samsung devices are Knox-capable.
Data on Knox devices is strongly encrypted, ensuring sensitive information is always protected even if the device is powered off. Moreover, the segregation of business and personal data in the form of a password-protected container, provides users with two distinct workspaces on one device, allowing access of corporate information on-the-go in a safe and secure manner.
Knox ensures maximum protection of data by using defense-grade security measures that are in par with security standards set by government organizations around the world. Further, Knox has also been approved and certified to fulfilling security requirements by various global organizations, making it trustworthy.
The Knox platform is free for individual users since it is a part of the device. Business enterprises wishing to explore every feature that Knox has to offer can do so through the free trial after which they will be required to purchase license keys.
This Knox tool allows organizations to gain control over the software updates remotely, allowing to selectively dispatch enterprise firmware over the air (E-FOTA).
You can make use of Knox on the Samsung devices in your organization through an MDM solution like Mobile Device Manager Plus which integrates with the Knox portal, making device enrollment and management seamless.