Samsung Teams With Good Technology For Enterprise Security

Samsung aims to boost its presence in the enterprise space by teaming with Good Technology on a new mobile platform called “Good for Samsung Knox” on Android devices.The partnership will bolster Samsung’s Knox security platform with Good Technology’s enterprise-targeted app ecosystem.

Solution providers such as David Felton, founder of Norwalk, Conn.-based Canaan Technology, cheered the move as a step forward for Samsung in attracting mobile enterprise clients.

“I don’t see Samsung as a well-known enterprise hardware manufacturer yet,” said Felton. “Samsung started out as a consumer device manufacturer, and they’ve lost a lot of market share. It seems they’ve shifted away from the consumer space that is becoming so dominated by Apple and going after the enterprise space. I think many hardware manufacturers, other than BlackBerry, have difficulty finding successful enterprise-focused security plays, while other software-based companies more easily attract the enterprise. So, it’s an interesting move.”

“Good for Samsung Knox” will promote a Good-secured app domain in Knox’s Android operating system, and will allow Good Technology to provide support for Knox’s mobile device management API set.

Samsung created the Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program in 2011 and began promoting its Knox mobile security technology in 2013 as a holistic enterprise platform. The company teamed with BlackBerry in November in a mobile-security technology sales partnership, another effort to win over enterprise customers.

But it has been difficult for the company to disentangle itself from its largely consumer-based clientele and promote enterprise-targeted measures through its Android operating system.

The “Good for Samsung Knox” platform is the first step of the partnership, which was unveiled at the 2014 Mobile World Congress.

“This announcement will benefit both parties,” ssaid Good Technology Chief Mobility Officer Brian Reed. “Our ecosystem, integrated with Knox, means that Samsung will get instant secure access to our 1,500 apps.”

In terms of the channel, Reed said the partnership is an “explosion of two technologies” that will enable solution providers to choose from a broader portfolio of products.

“It’s one of those moves that’s good for everybody,” said Reed. “If you look at individual adoption curves, you’ll find that a large part of the enterprise are on iOS, while the rest are on BlackBerry and Android. This will allow more resellers to bring Android into their platform for their enterprise-based mobile market, which will help balance out their business.”

Also significant is the security aspect of the partnership, which is essential for organizations with highly confidential data, such as government- and financial-based companies, said Canaan Technology’s Felton.

“My takeaway from all this is that there is finally a real interest emerging in enterprise mobile security, something that BlackBerry has been trying to promote for people for years,” said Felton.


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McAfee LiveSafe 2015 antivirus software review

McAfee was one of the pioneers of AntiVirus software. Now it’s a major part of Intel’s Security division and its near top-of-the-range product is LiveSafe. This suite of security utilities includes one particularly inviting feature; it can protect as many devices as you own, as long as they run Windows, OS X, Android or iOS.

Where the program falls down is in its interface. We could forgive its rather dull, over-texty style and the fact it give more prominence – by tile size – to your subscription and update status than it does to Data Protection or Parental Control.

However, this extends to perversity in the way the suite is delivered. Although features like a password manager and cloud storage are detailed on the box and the web site, neither is installed as part of the the LiveSafe installation.

What do you get for your money?

The relevant applications are SafeKey and Personal Locker, but although SafeKey is listed as an option when you start to install, it looks like one of those trial extras – and there’s no mention of Personal Locker. There are no instructions or mention of either application in the main LiveSafe control panel.

In fact, you have to download and install Personal Locker separately; why not include it in the main installation? Before we discovered where to find it, we went to the Help system. There’s no local help, which is a shame, and calling the online help throws up a 404 error, claiming the file isn’t on the server. This needs sorting.

The interface isn't as clean as you would expect with McAfee's pedigree

Although there’s little to commend the control screen aesthetically, it works well enough to give easy access to the main modules of the suite. These include most of the essentials you would expect, including antivirus, anti-malware and spam filtering, a two-way firewall and parental control.

AV scans can be of the whole machine, selected folders or the registry and you can set a schedule to automate them. Parental controls provide the opportunity to eliminate sites by subject category, all of which seem straightforward, though ‘historical revisionism’ sounds a bit old-school soviet.

The PC and Home network tools aren’t really a PC tune up. They comprise three utilities: My Home Network, QuickClean and Vulnerability Scanner. My Home network shows all the devices on your network with basic information, such as IP and MAC addresses, which has questionable usefulness.

QuickClean looks at unwanted files and registry entries and can also clean out unwanted ActiveX controls. You can schedule this cleaning to happen automatically.

The Vulnerability Scanner checks for updates to Windows (which Windows Update already does) and installed applications (which most modern applications also do for themselves), so it’s not completely clear how this provides extra functionality, though it may be useful to have it centralised.

Data Protection, the other tile on the home screen, offers a secure file shredder. There are five levels offered: Quick, Basic, Safe, Comprehensive and Complete, though again there’s no guidance as to which you should use where.

A surprising omission from the features set is backup, either local or online. There’s no software included and no online storage allocation. Personal Locker is there, intended as a way of sharing passwords, security info and high-risk documents, but there’s only 1GB of storage provided to share among all your registered devices. It’s not for general file backup.

The various flavours of McAfee

The Mac product consists of LiveSafe and SafeKey, so most of what you get on the PC, but reflecting the extra security already embedded in OS X.

McAfee LiveSafe 2015 runs well across whatever you run it on

Under Android, you get McAfee Mobile Security, which can back up your device’s contents to a PC, monitor the websites you visit and can lock down you data while photographing anybody who steals it. You also get SafeKey and Personal Locker for protection of passwords and sensitive documents.

The added mobile protection is a smart addition to the security suite

Under test, McAfee LiveSafe took 52 minutes to scan our 30GB file basket and looked at 11,358 files. This gives a scan rate of 3.6 files/s, one of the lowest we’ve measured. Repeating the test took 5min 52s to examine 11,167 files, so the software does very little fingerprinting, but does take a lot less time to check the same files.

Copying two 1GB files took 1min 32s without a scan running in the background and, very unusually, exactly the same time when it was scanning. Either the McAfee scan is super-efficient or it automatically backs off when your PC is busy.

McAfee LiveSafe 2015 scan

Looking at AV-Test’s most recent results, there’s very little to dislike. The software scored a perfect 18/18, which means full marks of 6/6 in all three areas of measurement: Protection, Performance and Usability.

Looking at the Performance section, AV-Test agrees with our test results, noting no slow-down in its thorough set of browsing, downloading and file tasks. The group average in this area is a slowdown of 3s.

Under Protection, which measures the effectiveness of AV algorithms, the software scored 100 per cent detecting widespread and prevalent malware and only dropped one percent over two months with zero-day threats.

When it comes to Usability, the false warning or blocks the software throws up, McAfee had a completely clean record, with no false detections at all. This is a very good result and you should be safe against attack using this product.


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Good Technology and Samsung team up for KNOX protection

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider Good Technology and tech giant Samsung have announced availability of Good for Samsung KNOX.

The move is another step in securing Android devices for the enterprise, and comes on the heels of Good and Samsung’s previous collaboration at Mobile World Congress 2014 for mobile enterprise security.

With Good for Samsung KNOX, Good becomes the only EMM providers whose ecosystem is integrated directly into the KNOX security stack. The setup creates a Good-Secured Domain within KNOX’s OS, as well as providing support for KNOX’s mobile device management API set.

“Together, Samsung and Good are addressing the growing importance of mobility management for enterprises by delivering a secure mobile productivity solution for Android that will relieve organisations of past concerns with Android adoption such as rooting, viruses and malware,” said Injong Rhee, EVP enterprise business, IT and mobile business at Samsung in a statement.

Samsung’s play into the enterprise for 2015 is one that has set tongues wagging. The Korean manufacturer launched Samsung 360 Services in October, aimed as a one stop shop for enterprise mobile support which factored in all device and OS types. Rumours in January of a deal to buy BlackBerry were quickly dampened, but Enterprise AppsTechunderstands that a series of employees moving between the two companies – not least Robin Bienfait, ex-BlackBerry CIO and current chief enterprise innovation officer at Samsung – helped fuel the fire for takeover talk.

The other question rests on Android’s enterprise capabilities, a serious bugbear for C-level execs looking to mobilise their workforce but worried about fragmentation and security issues associated with the Google OS.

It’s true to say Google has been more concerned over enterprise needs with the most recent Android flavour, Lollipop, and it’s true to say the most recent Google I/O was serious about enterprise mobile, yet a November survey from enterprise mobility vendor Globo found that Android fragmentation was holding it back in the workplace compared to Apple. Nick McQuire, CCS Insight enterprise mobility analyst, described the lack of standardisation for corporate Android as a “real challenge” for Google and Samsung.

Security is evidently a prominent factor in Good’s strategy for 2015. If this trend continues, then it would show the Sunnyvale-based company going back to its roots. CEO and president Christy Wyatt told this publication in January her company’s vision towards mobile security. “Organisations have these multitude of connected things, and then it becomes harder and harder to understand where your data is, and that introduces a much greater opportunity for folks that are trying to get in,” she said.


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Mobile security start up Omlis secures $31m in contracts and grows to over 40 employees in first year.

Rapidly emerging global mobile payments solutions provider, Omlis, today announced the successful completion of the first Omlis Licensed implementations, and an exponential growth in identified partner and client opportunities in South America, and across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Currently tipped as one to watch for 2015, Omlis also confirmed over $31m in contracted revenues over the next 5 years, all secured in the first 12 months of trading. The company, founded in October 2012 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, has set the world of mobile payments alight with a unique mobile payments encryption solution, which presents businesses with the opportunity to deliver convenient and secure mobile payment transactions.

“It’s hard to believe that the company has expanded so quickly,” said Markus Milsted, Founder and CEO of Omlis. “Our CCO, John Stuart, previously shaped the commercial strategies for world-class organizations including S1 and Verifone securing orders in excess of $350million in competitive global markets. The Omlis team is growing and the talent is immense.”

Omlis has expanded from 2 to 43 full-time employees in Newcastle and London since February last year. Completely funded by private investors, the start-up is on its way to becoming the fastest growing mobile payment security company in a swiftly expanding mobile payment market. Such accelerated growth can be attributed to the growing global fraud issues attributed to the mass adoption of mobile payments by consumers driven by convenience, creating the increasingly mobile centric world we live in today.

By the end of 2013, there were 245 million mobile payment users and Juniper research forecasting growth to 450 million mobile payment users by 2017. The 2014 McAfee threat report showed that the number of mobile malware attacks grew by 167% across 2013. With growth in malicious and fraudulent mobile attacks evidently on the rise, Omlis presents an opportunity for the mobile payments ecosystem to deliver 100% fault-tolerant mobile payment security.

“The mobile payments market presents an immense opportunity for businesses to implement new ways to pay,” said Stuart Macdonald, MD of Omlis partner Seric Systems. “Omlis combats the failings present in current security encryption methods which are by comparison inherently vulnerable, as highlighted regularly in the media. The Omlis technology is the security solution of choice for any organisation that processes mobile transactions and takes their client privacy seriously.”

The company is consistently adding to its high calibre global partner network of reputable technology corporations. The first major contract signed in early 2014 was with Stratus Technologies Mexico, who process over 60% of all payment transactions in Mexico. Omlis further established their Latin American presence by securing a partnership with leading Chilean technology services provider ISN Technologies in July.

“With mobile payments expanding quickly across Latin America and Chile, it is imperative to implement a mobile payment security solution that can be easily deployed across territories and on all makes of mobile devices,” said Ruben Nanjari, General Manager of ISN. “This innovative modern security technology will be of great benefit to the marketplace and ensure that Chilean businesses and consumers experience full and uncompromised mobile transaction security.”
Omlis forged forward in the second half of 2014, forming relationships with leading technology distributors Orion SaS (Software & Services) and Vciso. Most recent milestones include a five-year distribution agreement with award-winning global IT infrastructure provider Seric Systems and recognition as 1 of only 3 global security software solutions available on the IBM marketplace to close out the year.

“We are proud to support the rapid expansion of Omlis mobile payment security,” said Simon Cairns, Director of Orion Software and Services. “They have recruited amazing talent within the tech sector and their growth reflects the strength of their proposition. The Omlis vision is ambitious yet on track with the market’s needs for enhanced security features to drive adoption of mobile payments. With the partnership growing, Orion and Omlis have already made great strides in helping financial institutions provide key differentiators in the market.”

The most recent partnership agreement with Stratus Global Technologies, a first in 9 years for Stratus, will see Omlis security deployed as the most secure mobile payment solution on a global basis alongside the Omlis partner network in 2015. The notion of Omlis being a gentle giant has firmly been laid to rest and their accelerated growth rate goes some way to confirming that this giant is rapidly powering forward and there is nothing gentle about its ambition.

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