Today, smartphones are more than just communication devices. They contain some of our most valuable information, including personal identifiers; financial details; location and health data; private and professional conversations; the use of the application and much more. Although this data may differ from user to user, some of it is definitely present on every smartphone user’s phone.
This evolution of smartphones has also made hackers realize that these devices can serve as an access point to users’ identity, finances, and personal accounts. Therefore, they increase their attacks on mobile devices through malware, phishing and other dangerous techniques. This is why it has become crucial to keep data on smartphones safe. SamsungVP and Chief Security Officer Dr. Seungwon Shin recently spoke about the company’s commitment to smartphone data security during a media roundtable.
“At Samsung, security is at the center of every decision we make, from the second we start planning a new product until the moment it hits the shelves. We champion openness, rather than keeping people locked in a closed ecosystem. Openness doesn’t put us at greater risk. It makes us stronger and provides the best and safest experience possible. And we know full well that the only way to to be open at work is to earn people’s trust. To keep them safe every step of the way by protecting what matters most to them and giving them full control over their privacy,” Shin said.
“Start with safety”
Shin said there can be no privacy without strong security. “The only way to truly protect users’ privacy is to make sure their data never gets into the wrong hands. That’s why everything we do is protect them and their information. And why we We are constantly innovating and collaborating with the companies and people we know and trust to add additional layers of security and provide the best possible protection,” added Shin.
He then explained how Samsung’s collaborations with various companies aim to enhance the digital experience of its users. “Samsung believes collaboration is strength and is leading the industry in creating a safe digital experience by partnering with trusted companies like Google, chipset makers and mobile operators to create the the highest possible security standards and ensuring that our users get security updates as quickly as possible,” he explained. For those unaware, Samsung now offers four generations of One UI and android Operating system upgrades for select Galaxy devices.
Knox, TEEgris and “safety for all”
Shin went on to explain how Samsung combines software and app security with device hardware. Leading by example, he talked about Samsung Knox’s security solution. “Know started as an enterprise security solution and quickly evolved into a holistic defense-grade security platform that provides true end-to-end protection throughout the lifecycle of our products, for consumers. and businesses,” he said. “Knox Safe provides an additional layer of protection for critical information such as biometric authenticators and cryptographic keys. It combines our Secure processor with a new secure memory chip to isolate sensitive data from the rest of the device, including its operating system, so it never falls into the wrong hands.” Shin also mentioned TEEgris, an operating system for security which the company says allows partners to use hardware cryptography, encryption, and access controls for a secure application experience.
Concluding the roundtable, Shin had an important message for Samsung device users: “Samsung’s responsibility to protect consumers doesn’t end once a device is in their hands. We put them in control of their data with the privacy dashboard that gives them full visibility into who has access to their data and how it is being used and let them share their personal information on their own terms with Private Share.” as final remarks.