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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Spokane, Washington
Originally Posted by madsquabbles
didn't really let that settle in that it's not their personal device that's being tampered with, but a company owned device. in that case easy detection of a breach sure is a plus.
Quite a few (if not the majority) of large companies now have "bring your own device" (BYOD) policies. That means that employees can provide their own devices which the company loads their s/w on, usually in a discreet partition. So there's a "fun" side of the device and a "business" side. The network security and things the company needs to protect exist on the business side. No employee wants to carry a work and personal device that do the exact same thing. Advances in device security (with or without KNOX) mean they don't have to.
One of the biggest challenges for IT is ensuring that, because Android's so easy to hack, that technically adept staff don't screw around with their devices for personal benefit (tinkering and customization) and potentially expose the corporate network and/or content in the process. KNOX is gaining IT department fans because of a h/w tamper detector and the preloaded "work" and "play" partitions starting with 4.3.
For people that don't connect to secure and/or highly managed networks none of this means squat. But for those that do the world's changed pretty fast in terms of what you can and can't do to your device.