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Innovation and collaboration – that’s how Samsung is keeping you and your device safe


Samsung says it’s never been a better time for cyber criminals and the challenge to keep users safe has never been greater, but the company has risen to that challenge with innovation and new strategic partnerships to provide end-to-end protection.

Dr Seungwon Shin, VP and Head of Security, Mobile Experience Business at Samsung Electronics, says the conditions are ideal for scammers right now.

“A rise in remote workers means more reliance on unsecure public Wi-Fi. New frontiers like the blockchain leave confused customers ripe for scams. Cyber-attacks are on the rise. And not just where you expect them. Recent wars have started with digital attacks on critical infrastructure, months before physical incursion,” says Shin.

“All this when we are putting more of our lives into our smartphones.

“They are our wallets, house keys, IDs. A single intrusion can be devastating so now more than ever we need our devices to be secure.

“Let’s examine what truly makes a device safe – so you can go out into the world and live freely, without worrying about your data getting into the wrong hands.”

Shin says there are many misconceptions about security. And privacy. But they are not the same thing.

“There are many common misconceptions about security,” he said.

“You don’t let apps share your name, email, or habits. You even disable app tracking permissions.

“Great, but that doesn’t mean your data’s safe. Please don’t confuse privacy for security.

“Closing your curtains will do no good if someone kicks your door down.

“You think you have chosen a safe mobile ecosystem, like a walled garden.

“But hackers adapt to their targets. Unsecure Wi-Fi, social engineering scams – these are threats regardless of what ecosystem you use.”

Samsung’s Knox is a defence-grade security platform that’s used by governments around the world.

It was developed through open collaboration, hardware and software integration and real-time protection.

Shin was once a member of Interpol, and he says that he felt stronger and safer when working with others.

“Trust is built through open collaboration. That’s one of the great advantages of the Android ecosystem,” Shin said.

“Anyone can have access to the source code of Android OS, which allows it to be strengthened collectively.

“It allows some of the biggest names in tech to check and challenge each other – and work together to step up their game.

“Samsung prides itself on this open model of partnership and collaboration, on top of our internal work to constantly strengthen our systems.

“That’s why we have worked closely with Google, and we have regular security issue meetings to share all threat data with each other. We also work with hundreds of partners to standardize security for Android.”

Attackers are always looking for a way in and some companies think that running security verification only at the boot-up stage is enough.

But seeing most people rarely turn their phone off, that leaves plenty of opportunities for hackers to strike.

To combat this Samsung has developed real-time protection.

“After booting, our RKP (Real-Time Kernel Protection) and DEFEX (Defeat Exploit) technologies continuously work to detect and prevent suspicious or unauthorised changes to the permissions you gave,” Dr Shin said.

“We monitor threats constantly and even have an Incident Response and Management team in place, which uses machine learning to predict future threats.

“And while a lot of people buy new phones every year, many like to hold on to their phones for longer periods.

“That’s why we release regular security updates to patch any vulnerabilities, for up to five years after the launch of your device.

“In this ever-changing landscape of cyber-security, people who want to use their phones for as long as possible should be as safe as those with the latest models.”

With all those features in place, Samsung says it has developed as platform that’s secure enough for world leaders.

So, what about privacy?

“Only with that comprehensive security in place can anyone truly offer privacy that is as transparent as it is tailored to your priorities,” Shin said.

“What you do with that privacy is your choice. You’re free to create your mobile experience exactly as you like it, knowing we’ll always be there to keep you safe.

“The world is more connected than ever, and there are more risks. But there are also more opportunities.

“Our priority is to keep you protected while you explore new experiences. With Samsung Galaxy, you’re free to live your life – with the privacy you want and the security you need.”

Here are the features that make Samsung’s platform one of the most secure systems in the world:

– True end to end protection from research, design manufacturing and assembly

– Openness and Collaboration

– Android open ecosystem

– Collaboration with Google and Microsoft

– Report threat information with Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm

– Secured by Knox – Security embedded in the chip

– Detect abnormal behaviour of apps

– Data Encryption – only the user can encrypt or decrypt private data

– Data Separation – work profiles separate work and personal apps to protect the user’s privacy.

– all apps are isolated in a secure place to protect users

– Runtime Protection- Samsung devices are protected 24/7 and protect information in real time

– Knox Vault – isolated hardware-based and secure environment

– Privacy dashboard – view and control permissions of apps

– Privacy indicator – alert when app tried to access microphone or camera

– Secure folder – store photos, files, documents in secure folder where access can be controlled

– Private Share – control who has access to files and photos by setting expiration dates or rescinding viewing rights

– Minimum 5 years of security update that covers 150 different models – that’s more than a billion devices.