Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 Targets Enterprise With Knox 2.7

Samsung's recently announced Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has a lot to offer the average consumer, but Samsung hasn't forgotten its enterprise customers and is highlighting the benefits of the device by focusing on the inclusion of the latest version of its Knox Security software, as version 2.7 of Knox comes integrated with the Galaxy Note 7 right out of the box. While Samsung states that there are "numerous benefits" that Enterprise customers should look out for, they focus first on the ability to better protect the Galaxy Note 7 from a particular type of security attack called Jump Oriented Programming, which is a kernel level security risk. With Knox 2.7, the Galaxy Note 7 has improved kernel security to better prevent these sorts of attacks from happening.

The kernel is where the phone sends a request to initiate any sort of function, so naturally it would be important for the device to be protected against the sort of risks which could potentially allow hackers to gain access to various device resources. Naturally, Samsung has integrated the iris scanner on the Galaxy Note 7 with Knox 2.7 allowing better security for the device with Samsung boasting it to be a more secure method for unlocking the phone than the fingerprint sensor, and they highlight that it will afford more security control to IT professionals who manage Enterprise devices.

The iris scanner also affords users, both consumers and Enterprise alike, to secure any of their most important files using the newly added Secure-Folder option that was built into this new version of Knox. With Secure-Folder, users can place their most sensitive data as well as apps they'd like to keep private into this separate folder, and when everything is locked up nice and tight, Secure-Folder can even be hidden from view so that only the user knows that it exists. For Enterprise professionals using the Galaxy Note 7 as their work and personal device, this could prove to be invaluable as they separate out anything with sensitive business information (or personal information) inside of Secure-Folder to keep it away from prying eyes. Samsung states that Knox 2.7 also improves the speed of device enrollment, as well as gives IT professional more control over device manageability and more control over device firmware updates.

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