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Samsung partners with Fixmo to improve mobile security

Mobile risk management company Fixmo today announced a strategic partnership with Samsung that will see the global leader in smartphones embed Fixmo’s patented Sentinel Integrity Services technology on its smartphones and tablets.

The partnership, which was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, comes as more and more organisations look to expand their deployments of consumer-grade Android devices for critical business applications with ensured security.

Fixmo Sentinel Integrity Services is designed to detect tampering, policy violations, potential vulnerabilities and the presence of unverified or potentially malicious third-party applications on mobile devices.

The core patented technology, originally termed “AutoBerry”, was developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA) as a means of protecting smartphones and verifying system integrity and compliance for US Department of Defense agencies.

Under a co-operative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the NSA, Fixmo transitioned the technology from a government-off-the-shelf (GOTS) technology to a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) offering and has significantly enhanced it for the Android platform.

Fixmo Sentinel Integrity Services is currently in use by government and defence agencies around the world as an after-market product for BlackBerry and Android deployments.

Through the partnership with Samsung, it will be preloaded on select Samsung Galaxy devices as a part of Samsung KNOX platforms, which provide security hardening from the hardware through to the application layer.

“Our partnership with Fixmo further exemplifies our commitment to meeting the highest security standards demanded by government agencies, defence contractors and large enterprises around the world,” said Dr. Injong Rhee, Senior VP, B2B R&D Group, Samsung Electronics.  “The Samsung KNOX secure BYOD solution with Fixmo’s Sentinel Services will help our customers in the public sector and regulated industries expand their deployments of mobile devices and apps without sacrificing security or compliance.”

Rick Segal, CEO, Fixmo, added: “We are thrilled to be working with Samsung to bring our mobile security offerings to government agencies and enterprises around the world. Through our close partnership, we are now able to offer the most tightly integrated, feature-rich and trusted implementation of Fixmo Sentinel Integrity Services on devices powered by the Samsung KNOX platforms.”

Fixmo and Samsung are demonstrating the joint solution offering this week at Mobile World Congress.

CNME Editor Ben Rossi is reporting live from Mobile World Congress. Follow updates at www.twitter.com/computernewsme and #MWC13.

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