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Power Duo: Microsoft and Samsung Join Forces to Fortify Work Phone Security

mobile security just got an upgrade

Arthur Gaplanyan

Maybe you know this feeling. You’re out and about, getting things done. Then you reach for your phone and it’s not there. Absolute dread sinks in and your heart drops to your stomach as you realize you left it at the coffee shop.

You of course race back, knowing it is most likely gone, but maybe somebody turned it in. If not though, everything is lost. Panic really sets in as you think about all the data on your phone. Things like your banking info and all the confidential business data in your business apps. A lot of data can be recovered so you don’t lose it, but that doesn’t stop the data from falling into the wrong hands.

It’s a horrible situation, but there is a solution rolling out as we speak. Microsoft and Samsung have teamed up with a mission to enhance the security of your work mobile. This month, they’re introducing a groundbreaking strategy aimed at safeguarding anyone who relies on a Samsung Galaxy device for work purposes.

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So, what’s the game-changer?

Enter “on-device attestation.” This innovation allows companies to see whether their mobile devices have been compromised, right down to their core components. It’s the ultimate security guard for your phone.

Ok, so what does that mean?

One of the greatest security stances you can take is called Zero Trust. Just as it sounds, it doesn’t trust any user, device, or application at all, ever. It requires continuous validation before granting access to resources.

What Microsoft contributes to this partnership is their expertise in device management. Intune is the go-to solution for Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile App Management (MAM) for businesses to control their devices and apps.

What Samsung brings to this team-up is their cutting-edge mobile hardware attestation from Samsung Knox.

Together, that is why this becomes remarkable. Usually, device attestation relies on network connections to access cloud services. This causes issues when there is no internet connectivity and also in case where there is a latency (delay) between detecting threats and communicating with the device.

Since this feature is hardware-based, the security is internal and always active. This allows Intune to always monitor the device integrity, regardless of if it is online or not. It can determine the status, if it is compromised or not, and take actions in real-time to secure it.

This means that with companies adopting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, they can trust that a Samsung smartphone will be just as secure as if it were a company-owned device.

No matter if you’re stationed in the office, catching up on tasks at a bustling café, or finding inspiration in a remote cabin, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing your device is shielded.

In the world of business, your mobile device is more than a communication tool – it’s a database of sensitive and invaluable information. With the collaborative efforts of Microsoft and Samsung, your data vault just became a whole lot more impregnable.

Need assistance in bolstering the security of your devices? Don’t hesitate to reach out.