Samsung Mobile announced its "Samsung Approved for Enterprise," or SAFE, program at CTIA this week in San Diego. 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.
This is designed to make smartphones and tablets that were first designed for consumers secure enough to win the appproval of IT managers. A good example is Android. Samsung makes a wide array of devices running Google's mobile OS, but this is an operating system that is not overly secure, especially when compared to rival BlackBerry. This is why Samsung is having to add additional security features to Android on its own.
The SAFE program is comprised of four different facets to ensure maximum functionality and security for enterprises. The first is mobile device management, or MDM, to "ensure efficient, scaled mobile deployments." Next is on-device encryption -- more specifically, AES-256 bit hardware-based encryption -- to help minimize the risks of virtual and physical attacks that become inevitable with a widespread enterprise deployment. Then there is the virtual private network (VPN) to increase accessibility while maintaining a certain level of security. Samsung is working with several global VPN providers, including Cisco, Juniper, and others to help bring this service to many of its smartphones and other devices such as the Galaxy Tab.
Finally, Samsung devices will offer compatibility with corporate email accounts, as well as calendar and contact apps to help maximize efficiency. Samsung SAFE devices, which will "support additional capabilities above and beyond stock smartphone and tablet operating systems," will feature support of communication systems including Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
Though the SAFE program was announced this week, there was no word yet regarding when it will be rolled out and applied to enterprise devices from Samsung.