Is Android safe for enterprise use?

Android safe for enterprise use

Till recently, RIM reigned the mobile enterprise market with Blackberry being the default device option for corporate use. While BlackBerry offered granular control over users and corporate grade security for safe enterprise access, industry experts and CIOs now believe iOS and Android can provide the necessary security for corporate use.

With Samsung steadily taking over the smartphone consumer market and the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) paradigm fast reaching corporate circles, Blackberry’s position in the enterprise market is jeopardized. Also, Samsung has fast understood that, to gain acceptance in the enterprise space, it has to add features specifically in that direction.

The availability of third party VPN and MDM solutions working seamlessly with Android has greatly helped in Android furthering its enterprise position.

With the recent iOS releases specifically tailored to suit the security needs of an enterprise, it is clear that Apple is also eyeing the enterprise market having established itself in the consumer segment. In the light of Blackberry’s mojo fading and iOS buttoning up for enterprise usage, how does Android fare as an enterprise option?

Samsung has been the single most important champion for Android’s enterprise cause. With its recent ‘SAFE’ campaigns and promotions, Samsung has truly helped Android compete in the enterprise market. Today, Android based Samsung mobiles and tablets are considered an ideal resource for corporate mobile solutions – delivering capabilities above and beyond the standard platform features.

Here’s a quick look at the four pronged enterprise approach that Samsung is championing.

1)Safe access to corporate email, calendar and contacts

Samsung provides extensive communication support for systems like Microsoft Exchange which helps mobile users safely access the global corporate contact list; update, accept and send meeting requests; set up email priority and auto responders, all from the mobile device or tablet.

2)ODE (On Device Encryption)

Samsung offers both software and hardware encryption for all corporate data on phone. Presentations and other data can be accessed without compromising security

3)VPN access

Their devices work with a number of third party VPN providers for secure access to corporate data. It provides for IP based data encryption for access via wifi and cellular network access

4)MDM (Mobile Device Management)

It  works with all leading third party MDM solutions to help enterprises manage their employee devices remotely.

Samsung has truly helped Android come of age in the enterprise landscape. Quite a few enterprises have successfully deployed mobile solutions on Android for their corporate mobility needs. Though iOS is the most popular choice, Android is not too far behind.