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KNOX Introduction

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KNOX Introduction

by emmahartono » Fri May 12, 2017 12:12 pm

Hi, everyone !

First, let me introduce myself before I introduce KNOX to you all. I am Emma, product specialist at Helios, currently assigned to the Microsoft team. For the last two months, I've been assigned in the Samsung team, so I have obtained basic knowledge about KNOX that I want to share in this forum.

Have you guys heard about KNOX? Some of you might have been quite familiar with it, but let me share the basic knowledge about KNOX for some of you that are not familiar with it.

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Today, KNOX can be found in the vast majority of smartphones and tablets manufactured by Samsung. They are gradually putting variants of KNOX into other devices as well, and they also intent to have KNOX in most devices that we build from wearables such as smart watches, to TVs and other appliances, and in the connected devices that will make up the Internet of Things. The reason is simple: KNOX offers unparalleled management capabilities and security safeguards to those devices. Individual devices or users are protected by KNOX out of the box. In the enterprise, KNOX offers advanced capabilities allowing IT administrators to manage fleets of devices as well as ensure their integrity and that of the corporate data that is transacted or stored on them.

So, what is this KNOX we are talking about?

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KNOX is a combination of platform-level security safeguards that are built into all of our mobile devices, as well as a suite of companion products and services that leverage that platform. The KNOX Platform is not a product that you go out buy. It’s already embedded in your Samsung smartphone or tablet at the platform level. Security mechanisms are anchored in the very hardware of the device itself -– the chipset – which is completely impervious to attack and inaccessible to anyone or anything.
 
There are numerous tools and solutions in the market that purport to provide security in the mobile world but almost all of them are software based. The problem with the software protection model is that there is always a layer below the protected software that is susceptible to attack.

If you only have a work container on your device, but no protection mechanisms for the underlying software layers of the OS, then the device can be attacked at that OS level or the boot layer. If you have secured the OS but don’t embed your keys in the hardware then those are susceptible to retrieval, and therefore your device can still be attacked.
 

An incomplete security construct is nothing more than an illusion. Only software and hardware backed protection provides a truly secure environment.
 
The requirement for hardware-backed protection also explains why the KNOX platform only exists on Samsung devices. Because Samsung is the only device manufacturer in the world that builds its own devices, so they can control and guarantee the hardware. There is an interdependency between the software and hardware for KNOX to function as intended, and Samsung simply don’t have the ability to architect other manufacturers’ hardware, nor to guarantee that it hasn’t been tampered with.
 
We’ll go into a little bit more details on some of these protections in a moment. But first I want to finish explaining what KNOX is.
 
As mentioned, KNOX Platform is a hardware-backed, complete device security and management platform that exists in just about every Samsung smartphone or tablet. As part of the KNOX family, there are solutions that integrate with the platform.

KNOX Workspace is a container that allows for the complete separation of work applications and data from anything on the personal side of the device.

KNOX Premium is an End-to-end solution for SMB consisting of a cloud-based EMM and on-device secure containers.

KNOX Enabled App, or KEA, is a specialized container designed to protect individual applications without the need for intrusive MDM controls. Think of a mobile banking application for example that could be protected in a secure container, without the need for the bank to actually touch their customer’s device.

KNOX Customization is a service that leverages many of the underlying KNOX platform capabilities. KNOX Customization services are unique in the industry in that they allow us to quickly and cost-effectively tailor the various device hardware functions and create customized interfaces to turn existing off-the-shelf hardware into a purpose-built appliance.
 
So now, I hope every one of you have already met KNOX through this article ;) let's discuss more about KNOX here.


source: Samsung Knox Presentation

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Re: KNOX Introduction

by DeddySudja » Wed May 31, 2017 7:29 pm

Nice explanation

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Re: KNOX Introduction

by indrasuryatama » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:58 am

latest release KNOX sekarang 2.8 ya? untuk new featurenya apakah bisa di share antara perbedaan knox lama dan knox baru? dan apakah semua HP samsung compatible dengan semua release knox version? apakah bisa di upgrade?

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Re: KNOX Introduction

by Varian » Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:52 am

Saya akan mencoba menjawab pertanyaan bapak Indra, jadi knox 2.8 merupakan knox versi terbaru tpi untuk knox 2.8 hanya baru terdapat di Samsung Galaxy S8. Nah untuk upgradenya itu tegantung dari update os jadi setiap pembaruan os akan ada update versi KNOXnya utetapi tidak setiap update os akan ada update knoxnya juga. Setiap device samsung memiliki versi knox yang berbeda ini lebih tergantung pada jenis dan model HP Samsung tersebut.

Untuk feature baru KNOX 2.8 :
1. Power Saving Mode : mengaktifkan power saving mode ataupun tidak mengizinkan power saving mode. Contoh kasus: pada saat kita mengaktifkan power saving mode, EMM agent tidak bekerja dengan normal dan menyebabkan device tidak dapat menerima policy pada saat inilah kita melarang pengaktifan power saving mode.
2. Accessibility apps access to Knox Workspace : IT admin bisa membuat whitelist aplikasi" yang bisa mengakses KNOX workspace container. Contohnya untuk membaca apa yang ditampilkan di layar ketika berada di dalam kontainer.
3. Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) as default storage for Contacts/Calendar: sebelumnya perangkat menjadi default storage sehingga data akan hilang ketika mengganti perangkat atau menghapus knox workspace. Sekarang EAS account bisa dijadikan default storage untuk kontak", event" dan tasks.

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Re: KNOX Introduction

by emmahartono » Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:52 pm

Varian wrote:Saya akan mencoba menjawab pertanyaan bapak Indra, jadi knox 2.8 merupakan knox versi terbaru tpi untuk knox 2.8 hanya baru terdapat di Samsung Galaxy S8. Nah untuk upgradenya itu tegantung dari update os jadi setiap pembaruan os akan ada update versi KNOXnya utetapi tidak setiap update os akan ada update knoxnya juga. Setiap device samsung memiliki versi knox yang berbeda ini lebih tergantung pada jenis dan model HP Samsung tersebut.


Terima kasih Varian atas bantuannya sudah menjawab pertanyaan dari Bapak Indra, dan penjelasannya juga terkait knox 2.8 nya. Terkait Knox Version sendiri, saya punya file yang cukup up-to-date dari Samsung untuk mengetahui, tipe smartphone dan tablet apa saja yang di-support KNOX beserta dengan KNOX versionnya.

>>http://tiny.cc/KnoxVersion-Emma<< (OneDrive link will only be available for 30 days)

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