updated 08:48 am EDT, Wed September 4, 2013
Samsung makes pitch for enterprise with added security
Samsung is to start pre-installing antivirus software [sub. req.]
on its smartphones, reports the Wall Street Journal. The move is the latest attempt by the Korean company to gain a foothold in the enterprise smartphone market wary of Android's reputation for being more vulnerable to viruses. A US Department of Homeland Security report (pdf) published in July showed that Android is the target of 79 percent of mobile threats with Apple threatened by just 0.7 percent of mobile malware.
The addition of standard anti-virus software (provided by Lookout) will join Samsung's other software-based security enhancements including the LoJack theft recovery software-based service (offered at a $30 annual subscription cost) and Samsung Knox. The Pentagon has previously approved Samsung device's running the Knox security lockdown software for use on its high-security data networks. Apple's iOS 6 devices are also approved to run on the Pentagon's network.
While the pre-installation of antivirus software will help to improve public perception of the security of Samsung's devices, antivirus software running in the background of an Android device can consume up to an additional 5 percent of a user's battery life. Regardless, it highlights the interest Samsung has in gaining a foothold in the enterprise market, which seems very much up for grabs with the sharp decline in enterprise use of BlackBerry devices.