Samsung goes Absolute for mobile security

The Samsung Knox security platform, due this year, will feature Absolute Software's technology for tracking, wiping, recovery and IT servicing.

Samsung Galaxy S4
Galaxy S4, get ready for Samsung's Knox security platform. Sarah Tew/CNET

Samsung has tapped Absolute Software to embed the corporate security solutions provider's patented persistence technology onto its mobile devices -- most notably onto the upcoming Galaxy S4 smartphone.

Headed for Samsung Knox when it debuts this year, Absolute boasted that Samsung's mobile devices will then be the first worldwide to offer "constant, tamper-proof security connection for tracking, wiping, recovery and IT servicing" by including its endpoint security and management software.

For reference, Knox is Samsung's mobile security platform for professional and personal accounts on enhanced versions of Android.

The Vancouver, B.C.-headquartered company said that in the case of this integration, Absolute's Computrace management platform will provide a foundation for managing all governance, risk management and compliance activities while remotely securing all Samsung devices from a single cloud-based console.

Like many other cloud-based mobile security and management platforms, Samsung devices can then be remotely managed with access to the network turned on or off, depending on the use case.

If a potential threat occurs, Absolute's investigation team can be enlisted to get law enforcement involved to help recover the device.

This story originally appeared at ZDNet's Between the Lines under the headline "Samsung taps Absolute Software for mobile security on Knox, Galaxy S4."

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