There have long been misgivings around the security of Android and when placed up against the closed systems of Blackberry and the locked down iOS it can appear that security has been an afterthought for Google’s OS.
Whilst many issues have been addressed in the latest incantations of Android, there is still a good case for having an app such as Lookout installed on your device.
Whilst this is great for the everyday user, what about the business user? One in three businesses now allowing employees to use their own device for work (according to Gartner) security is even more important.
This is why Lookout have today announced that they are entering the business market and also have tied up a strategic partnership with Samsung.
First off, in early 2014, Lookout will release Lookout for Business with protection against mobile threats critical for businesses.
Secondly, all Samsung Knox enabled devices will ship with Lookout installed. Lookout for KNOX will include real-time, cloud-based scanning to protect against malware, web-based threats, and privacy breaches.
Dr. Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business Group at Samsung Electronics said
We’re excited to partner with Lookout to bring an additional level of security to Samsung KNOX. Lookout is the leader in mobile threat protection and they are uniquely equipped to address business mobile security and the evolving challenges in the BYOD movement
The full press release is below.
Lookout Enters Business Market; Announces Strategic Partnership with Samsung
San Francisco, CA – September 4, 2013 – Lookout, the leader in mobile security, today announced its expansion into business with a stand-alone mobile security offering for business offering. Additionally, Samsung Electronics and Lookout announced a partnership to bring Lookout to mobile devices with Samsung KNOX.
“We’re excited to partner with Lookout to bring an additional level of security to Samsung KNOX. Lookout is the leader in mobile threat protection and they are uniquely equipped to address business mobile security and the evolving challenges in the BYOD movement,” said Dr. Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business Group at Samsung Electronics.
Samsung KNOX is an end-to-end solution that provides security hardening from the hardware through to the application layer. Lookout forKNOX will include real-time, cloud-based scanning to protect against mobile threats from email attachments, web browsing, and any type of file sharing services.
“Samsung is a market leader in mobile devices for business, and we’re excited to work together to bring Lookout to KNOX,” said John Hering, CEO of Lookout. “Protection against mobile threats for devices in the workplace is critical, and we’re excited to announce we’re expanding to address the unique needs of businesses.”
Lookout’s expansion comes at a critical time. With one and three businesses allowing employees to use devices for work according to Gartner, mobile security is more important than ever. In fact, more than half of Fortune 1000 companies have employees using Lookout on their mobile devices already, and more than 40 million people worldwide use Lookout. With protection against mobile threats critical for businesses, Lookout will introduce Lookout for Business, a standalone offering, in 2014 in Europe.
In partnership with Samsung, the KNOX platform retains full compatibility with Android and the Google ecosystem while engineering fundamental security and management enhancements, including its unique application container technology that enables enterprises to support both BYOD and Corporate-Liable models, without compromising corporate security or employee privacy.
Lookout builds security software that protects people, businesses and networks from mobile threats. Lookout created the world’s largest mobile threat dataset and the power of its 40 million users to proactively prevent fraud, protect data and defend privacy on personal and business devices and networks. Lookout’s flagship product, Lookout Mobile Security is available for Android, iOS and Kindle, and received the 2013 Laptop Editors’ Choice Award. A 2013 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer company, Lookout has offices in San Francisco and London. For more information, pleasevisit www.lookout.com.