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Mobile Security: How Secure Is Your Basement?

Like most family homes, every mobile device has a basement. And, as any home inspector will tell you, the condition of the basement is essential to the integrity and security of the entire house. So, when it comes to selecting mobile devices for your business, the question must be asked: how secure is the basement?

The basement of a mobile device is the hardware layer — the processors on which the operating system and applications run. Like a basement in a house, it contains critical infrastructure that reaches up into the rest of the house. An intruder who is able to gain privileged access to the basement can penetrate to other areas of the home, including your sensitive enterprise data. Access is usually gained via malware, phishing, or ransomware, the three most common attacks according to Verizon’s latest Mobile Security Index. The worst part of this scenario is that you may not even be aware that they are there.

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On Samsung smartphones, tablets and wearables, this is where the Knox platform comes in. Samsung’s flagship devices are built with a secure basement from the moment the foundation is poured. The first step in Samsung’s device creation is adding a secure element, with a hardware root of trust, a hardware backed-encrypted key store, and real time, 24/7 integrity monitoring.

If an intruder attempts to tamper with systems in the basement, the changes will be immediately detected, a physical fuse will be triggered, and access to secure areas on the device will be permanently, and irrevocably locked down.

When you’re buying a house, you need to know it is safe and secure. The same is true with mobile devices for the enterprise. With Samsung Knox, you know that your devices are secure from the basement on up.

Learn more about Samsung’s Knox mobile security platform and how it keeps your devices and your company safe.

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Karen Schwartz has more than 20 years of experience writing about technology and business issues across the spectrum, including government, small business, education and channel. Schwartz has written about everything from telecommunications to outsourcing for industry-leading publications like CIO, InformationWeek, eWeek, Government Executive and PC Magazine, in addition to dozens of ghostwritten white papers, articles and case studies for companies like Microsoft Corp., Comcast, Dell, Unisys Corp. and CDW.

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