Good Technology Announces Its Plans To Merge With Samsung To Improve Android Security
Good Technology, has announced the decision to merge their app platform with Samsung KNOX for better security of Android devices.
The merger is aimed to eliminate the concern about malwares and viruses that comes with android adoption. The security of Android devices is a big issue as the size of android market is huge and due to the disintegration of the Android ecosystem.
It is expected that with improved security Android Operating System can be deployed in United States government and defence agencies.
Samsung’s KNOX security based Android OS will provide a secured domain for the apps from Good technology. The new security system will allow the good technology apps or any custom apps to function on a protected mobile platform. Good technology on the other hand will provide complete support to the extended mobile device management (MDM) application programming interface (API) of Samsung KNOX.
Christy Wyatt, Chairman and CEO of Good Technology has the opinion that the partnership between Good and Samsung will combine the app ecosystem and the container using the KNOX platform and will deliver a complete and wide ranged solution to make the android devices of Samsung secure.
According to Senior Vice President of product management for Good Technology, John Herrema, Samsung through the OS level has provided some supplementary controls to do two important things. The first one among them is to make sure that there is no compromise made in the operating system and the other thing is a meticulous reliability checking option.
KNOX from Samsung is a certified platform for government level and defence grade mobile security. The system meets the terms of the U.S. government and DoD projects and also for the security of mobile devices.
The certification of the platform allows the deployment of Android devices in government and other official environments which require high regulations.
The U.S. Defence Information Systems agency has issued guides on Security Technical Implementation for Samsung KNOX platform to be used in the DoD networks earlier in May 2013. In April 2014, it got upgraded to STIG version.
The Information devices and systems have to follow the configuration standards provided by NSA and STIG guides. The information system software can be locked down using the STIG guidance. This will prevent the vulnerability of the system to any malicious attack.
Good Technology has also received DoD approvals and Authority to function (ATOs) across various defense agencies.