An enterprise-level security program is coming soon to the freshly launched Samsung Galaxy S3, as the Korean tech giant eyes the nascent ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) trend that’s taking over corporate workplaces.
Abbreviated for ‘Samsung Approved for Enterprise’, SAFE brings data encryption and mobile device management (MDM) software to the handset in a bid to challenge Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server. This has long been the go-to solution for corporate mobile security, but is slowly falling out of favour due to the outmoded user experience BlackBerry devices offer compared to Android and Apple counterparts.
Android hasn’t fared too well so far with business types due to shoddy security and a notorious reputation for becoming malware-infected.
"Android has the ability to blow that [security] door right open, with Samsung dragging Android through the enterprise," Timothy Wager, Samsung’s vice president and general manager of enterprise sales, told Computerworld.
"We're systematically going after the enterprise customer, on the most desirable device we can offer. We know the demand for Android is there and workers want to bring them to work. With SAFE, the IT compliance issue should go down.”
Full details of the program are still sketchy, but the skinny is that it will be compatible with 338 different IT policies and offer 256-bit data encryption, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync integration and support for numerous Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) systems.
SAFE will also provide Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to enable VPN and MDM vendors to integrate their own software on supported devices.
The service will launch with the Galaxy S3 when it lands in early July on all five major networks in the US. Samsung did not reveal if and when it will be available in the UK and the rest of the world. Hopefully if the launch goes smoothly stateside, Europe won’t be far behind.