Samsung GALAXY devices achieve highest-level of security certification
Samsung Electronics South Africa, announced it has reached a new milestone for its enterprise customers by becoming the first in the mobile industry to achieve a Common Criteria Certification on its GALAXY devices embedded with security platform KNOX.
Common Criteria is the international “gold standard” for secure and trusted systems, specifically to ensure that they satisfy the predefined set of security requirements designed for enterprises.
Samsung KNOX confers enhanced security upon mobile devices, helping enterprises protect mobile access to high-value information assets.
Common Criteria (CC) certification assures that certified devices are independently evaluated and verified to meet fundamental security requirements specified in the Protection Profile.
The current CC certification targets the new Mobile Device Fundamentals Protection Profile (MDFPP) of National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) published in October 2013, which addresses the security requirements of mobile devices for use in enterprise.
The components certified in CC form a strong cryptographic foundation on which more advanced KNOX security features are implemented.
This certification validates that enterprises can safely provide their workers access to networks and high-value information assets using CC-certified GALAXY devices with KNOX embedded.
The focus of KNOX for Samsung has been bringing enhanced security to Android mobile devices.
Paulo Ferreira, Enterprise Mobility Head at Samsung Electronics, South Africa, said: “This endeavour is about more than just security, but is also centred on the pursuit of driving the entire mobile ecosystem, providing the enterprise customer with a better, high-assurance solution than they have ever had access to.”
With the successful attainment of the Common Criteria certification, Samsung has gone a step further in reinforcing its commitment to enterprise and government structures – to deliver a protected network security which is evaluated against the industry’s highest standards, further enhancing business partners’ confidence in the brand.
Jim Arnold Director of Gossamer Security Solutions, Jim Arnold, said: “In my 25 years of doing security evaluations, I have rarely seen a company that could complete an entire Common Criteria evaluation, from the very first meeting to conclusion, in under four months.
“At Gossamer we pride ourselves on our responsiveness and Samsung’s speed and agility as a company certainly challenged us.”
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.