How BES12 and Samsung Are Teaming Up To Make KNOX Even Better


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Milk and cookies. Chips and salsa. BlackBerry BES12 and Samsung KNOX. Okay, so that last couple might not be as well-known as the others, at least not yet. However, last month’s release of BES12.2 brings additional support for Samsung KNOX, as you can find out in the new webinar Better Together: Samsung KNOX Management with BES12.

The news is a potential boon to tens of millions of users of Samsung KNOX-enabled phones. It’s also a win for IT departments that use BlackBerry BES12 to manage all their employee devices, including Samsung’s.

Here’s what’s happening: KNOX, of course, is Samsung’s more secure version of Android that comes built into select Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. KNOX includes several security features that the regular Android OS lacks, including a type of containerization that shields work apps behind a partitioned part of the phone’s interface and requires a password to enter.

With the new implementation of KNOX under BlackBerry’s BES12 enterprise mobility management software platform, KNOX devices will now be even more secure. For instance, KNOX alone offers only encrypted data at rest. BES12 adds encrypted data in transit, which rounds out KNOX’s encryption capabilities and brings the security of KNOX-enabled Samsung Galaxy devices up to the highest level required by government agencies and other regulated industries. That means more flexibility in work smartphones for users and their regulated organizations alike. Big changes are coming to the KNOX interface, as well.

BES: One Console For All Devices

Bringing KNOX into the BES fold gives enterprises yet another reason to choose BES12 to manage all their mobile devices. BES gives administrators a single software console to oversee and securely manage all types of devices in addition to BlackBerry devices: iOS, Windows Phone, Android and now an improved Samsung KNOX. One console lessens the complexity of mobile oversight for companies because they don’t have to use multiple servers and interfaces to manage different types of devices. Companies can control access to sensitive corporate data and wipe it in emergencies without touching users’ personal information on BYOD smartphones.

That’s key: as the webcast notes, BYOD smartphone shipments will out ship COBO (corporate owned business only) smartphones in 2018 by 22.6% with 333.1 million units compared with just 149.7 million.

BlackBerry offers two tiers of KNOX licenses for BES12: KNOX (Silver) and KNOX Workspace (Gold). BlackBerry recommends the Silver-tier for BYOD or COPE (corporate owned personally enabled) environments that want basic mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) tools. This level lets IT install or remove work apps silently, wipe enterprise data remotely, and apply device-wide policies. Users get instant access to work apps via an administrator.

The Gold-tier KNOX Workspace offers all this and more security; BlackBerry recommends it for regulated COBO enterprises. This tier gives you data encryption in transit, work and personal data separation, and a workspace-only mode IT can implement.

Want to know if your users’ Samsung devices are covered by the new BES12 implementation? Here’s a partial list: Galaxy S6, S5, S4, S3, and the Galaxy Note Edge, Note 4, Note 3, and Note 2. View the webcast for a full list and try the new KNOX version of BES12 for free at

About Luke Reimer

@Luke_Reimer is a Senior Marketing Manager at BlackBerry helping to design, launch, and manage enterprise marketing programs - particularly concerning content across digital mediums. Beyond spreading BlackBerry goodness in enterprise communities, you can find Luke cooking up a storm, out on his motorcycle (when Canadian weather allows), or digging into a good science fiction book.

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