In the business world, smartphones are becoming more and more useful in the workforce. However, security seems to be a pressing issue with many employers, whether it be smartphones or tablets. Today Samsung has answered that call and given a NEW audience the solution they desire! Just not too long ago they released a program called SAFE in Europe. SAFE was also released in the US around June when the Samsung SIII was released, but it’s not widely known yet.
SAFE will provide “certified security features,” and make them “standardized across devices.” What does this do? It gives those in the Enterprise world a “safe and reliable” environment to work with. Businesses want to be able to use the advancing technology, but security holes hold them back and when it comes to Enterprises, security is EVERYTHING! SAFE is going to alleviate these worries and fears.
- SAFE-approved applications for corporate data and e-mail
- On-device encryption
- Virtual Private Networks
- Mobile Device Management
The SAFE program then has 3 “key pillars:”
- SAFE Platform
- SAFE Partner Program
- SAFE Quality Assurance
Mobile Device Managment
With SAFE Enterprises will have a great way to manage the devices they need for their corporations! Who doesn’t enjoy easy managment tools that push out IT enforced policies? The way Samsung does their mobile device management (MDM) is by partnering with several third party providers who deal strictly with MDM. Features will include:
- Central support management that is “Desktop Like.”
- Ability to configure and update settings “wirelessly.”
- IT “like” policies that monitor and enforce compliance.
- “Control access” that allows access to app stores including installing and removing apps “silently.”
- Ability to enable/disable features like: WiFi, Bluetooth, Data Roaming, and Micropohone.
On Device Encryption
Want to make sure your employees or outsiders aren’t abusing your devices? No problem! SAFE makes it so no “unathuroized access” is allowed unless you say so! What do they have in place for this? A 256 bit encryption standard is used just for this purpose! In order to keep these standards in place, SAFE utilizes:
- Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync IT Policy
- Mobile Device Management IT Policy
- Manually on the Device – Requires Android 3.1 or higher