SAP and Samsung Expand Partnership to Make Android Devices Enterprise-Secure for Millions of Mobile Users


SAP_Samsung_SAFEBARCELONA — SAP today announced expanded Samsung For Enterprise (SAFE™) Certification for the industry-leading[1] SAP Afaria mobile device management solution. SAFE certified devices are guaranteed to have met Samsung’s security criteria and feature enhancements suitable for business use. When SAFE devices are managed by SAP Afaria, businesses will be able to effectively manage and secure large numbers of disparate users, bringing their own devices into the workplace from the most widely deployed enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution in the industry. The announcement was made at Mobile World Congress 2013, being held in Barcelona, Spain, February 25-28, where SAP is located at Hall 7, 7C70.

According to Gartner, Samsung commands over 42.5 percent of the Android market globally, making them the clear leader.2 The enterprise-specific features of the SAFE program strengthen SAP’s ability to deepen enterprise integration and support for the mobile devices most widely used by consumers and businesses. SAFE devices provide enhanced IT security protection through various policy groups such as Application Policy, Exchange Active Sync IT Policy, Encryption Policy, Native Email Policy, Various Restriction Policies (WiFi, USB, SD card, Bluetooth®, camera, microphone, clipboard, etc), Location Policy, and more.

SAP Runs Samsung
SAP currently has over 4,000 Samsung devices deployed internally around the world. The benefits of managing Samsung devices through SAP Afaria include unified management of multiple device models, streamlined installation of email accounts and enhanced security policies, including application white/blacks and SD card enablement/encryption.

As the largest SAFE-certified partner, SAP and Samsung continue to work together to address the management and security concerns commonly faced by enterprises using Samsung Android devices. Having co-developed SAFE APIs, SAP supports more SAFE features than any other vendor and has the largest SAFE Samsung Android deployments globally. The next step in the companies’ planned collaboration is in Samsung KNOX, an end-to-end secure solution that provides security hardening from the hardware through to the application layer. The KNOX retains full compatibility with Android and the Google ecosystem, while engineering fundamental security and management enhancements, including its unique application container technology which enables enterprises to support both BYOD and Corporate-Liable models without compromising corporate security or employee privacy. Samsung KNOX will build on the foundation of the SAFE Certification and provide users enhanced security at all levels of the Android platform.

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[1] IDC, “Worldwide Mobile Enterprise Management Software 2012 – 2016 Forecast and Analysis and 2011 Vendor Shares” report, Stacy Crook, September 2012
[2] Gartner, “Market Share Analysis: Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 4Q12 and 2012,” February 2013

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