CIO.com Summarizes Why Samsung’s Enterprise Play is Doomed

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Over the last few weeks we have been hearing about how Samsung has BlackBerry’s enterprise business in its sights with their new Samsung Safe offering. In short Samsung is working on their own MDM for Android instead of actually improving the security of Android devices. I found this quite entertaining when a few readers mentioned it and was working on an article about it. Rob Enterle from CIO.com beat me to the punch with his article “Why Samsung Won’t Beat Blackberry in the Mobile Enterprise” It really does a great job explaining how Samsung is trying to bolt on security and echos much of what I have been saying.

Here is a quick excerpt that summarizes:

…Samsung went with mobile device management (MDM)—which, in the case of a vulnerable platform, only makes IT more responsible for adverse results but doesn’t address the core security problems. The company implemented encryption, which can protect the files unless a user’s identity is stolen, which unfortunately is the purpose of much Android malware. Samsung also installed a VPN, which actually makes a compromised device more dangerous, because VPNs tunnel through the perimeter security of a business, potentially granting even greater access to the attacker. Finally, the company made email connectivity improvements, which also giving an attacker greater access via a compromised phone.

Check out the full article at CIO.com. Personally I loved his conclusion about how companies that are new to servicing IT try to take an existing product and patch it to look “IT-like” until it realizes that this approach sucks.

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  1. Lets just say that Blackberry had the SAME painful experience with gaming on their old Java platform until they realized that their new acquisition of QNX is a one solution for all their enterprise, gaming, tablet, phone needs.
    Everybody tries to work with what they have before they sail ship to a new OS.
    Maybe just maybe, Samsung is working on their own platform and meanwhile, they are patching up Android!!!

  2. Samsung has had one for a while, with Bada. I really doubt they are going to make their own enterprise-friendly platform from scratch though…

  3. I think Blackberry found the perfect solution for their needs with QNX – which is the best of both worlds for business and gaming . Now, they just need to convince the consumers that this is the best way to go.

  4. They are currently making their own with IBM. It is the old Mer go (I think) platform that was started by Nokia

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