Good Technology has announced the first Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) and secure key storage for enterprise mobility management (EMM). The Good TEE solution is based on a standard being adopted by Android handset manufacturers that enables hardware key protection for higher security and greater ease of use on a broad range of Android devices. By partnering with cybersecurity expert Intercede, Good is adding hardware backed security capability to all Android Good-secured apps, including Good apps as well as more than 1,600 partner and customer applications developed on the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform.
“Security and usability don’t have to be a zero-sum game,” said Dr. Nicko van Someren, CTO of Good Technology. “With the Good Trusted Execution Environment IT can ease end user requirements, such as allowing much shorter and more memorable PIN codes, without lessening security of corporate data.”
The Good Trusted Execution Environment offers a single solution for a range of Android devices, including personal smartphones and tablets being brought into the enterprise. According to the Good Technology Q4 2014 Mobility Index Report, which tracks secure app and device activations among Good’s 6,200 enterprise customers, Android device activations represented 25 per cent of devices activated during the quarter.
The Good TEE enables greater security on a variety of Android devices. Secure container keys cannot be extracted or cracked by “brute-force” attacks even if the device is rooted, and even if the Android OS has been compromised the user’s PIN cannot be intercepted by a malicious app. Decision makers in security-sensitive and regulated markets such as financial services, government and healthcare will find that this layered approach meets the security and usability needs of their increasingly-mobile workforces.
“Good’s leadership in the enterprise mobility management space makes it an ideal partner for our MyTAM Trusted Application Manager service,” said Richard Parris, CEO of Intercede. “By using our over-the-air Trusted Application provisioning service to deliver its secure UI and key-store functions, Good allows IT to have the highest levels of security without compromising ease of use on Android devices.”