Samsung just announced that the Galaxy S III will be the first Samsung Approved for Enterprise-branded (SAFE) smartphone released in the market today. This program is intended to deal with the concerns of IT managers that Android smartphones aren’t secure enough.
With its initial introduction made late last year, Samsung was preparing to produce devices that would be ready for enterprise use. The SAFE-branded smartphone will be on store shelves later this week for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customers. Verizon Wireless subscribers will get a chance to purchase the enterprise ready handset in July.
The SAFE Program
The SAFE program is a type of certification process that will introduce certain security criteria to Samsung’s enterprise offerings, and will configure its devices specifically for enterprise use, all while maintaining efficiency, accessibility, and flexibility.
SAFE provides a comprehensive approach to making Android devices secure and manageable by systematically meeting the evolving needs of IT departments and the growing number of businesses allowing employees to bring their own device to their workplace.
The SAFE-branded Galaxy S III is going to offer a full suite of enterprise-ready features with support for 338 IT Policies, including an on-device AES-256 bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, and support for industry-leading VPN and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions.