harmon.ie Announces Partnership With Samsung KNOX To Provide Secure Document Access on Mobile Devices

With New MDM Certification, harmon.ie App Becomes the First Secure Mobile App for Office 365 and SharePoint

Boston – September 17, 2013 – Rampant use of unsanctioned mobile apps for file sync and storage is causing huge problems for organizations. In fact, a newly-released study of enterprise workers found that a full 41 percent of users circumvent company controls by storing corporate documents on unsanctioned, publicly-accessible cloud services. This translates into a massive number of ‘rogue IT’ workers who tap into unsanctioned services from their smartphones and tablets, creating risks for their employers. How many? Gartner says that 60 percent of employees are using personal mobile device for work1.

One root cause of rogue IT is that organizations today are unable to provide secure and scalable mobile access to documents stored in the corporate document management systems, 80% which is Office 365 and SharePoint. Information workers simply have no choice to look for unsanctioned, publicly-available alternative solutions in order to do their jobs. But organizations face huge risks of data leaks and IT governance violations, if not business meltdowns due to loss of control.

harmon.ie to the Rescue

Good news! Secure document access problems are a now a thing of the past, because harmon.ie today announced a partnership with Samsung to certify harmon.ie mobile products as working together with Samsung KNOX. Samsung KNOX is an end-to-end secure android solution that provides security hardening from the hardware through to the application layer. The KNOX platform retains full compatibility with Android and the Google ecosystem while engineering fundamental security and management enhancements, including its unique application container technology which enables enterprises to support both BYOD and corporate-liable models without compromising corporate security or employee privacy.

harmon.ie will be included as one of mobile apps initially showcased through Samsung KNOX service. The partnership provides confidence to enterprise customers that harmon.ie’s mobile products for Android are certified with Samsung KNOX’s trusted MDM offering.

“We are proud to have Samsung KNOX as a trusted partner,” said David Lavenda, VP Product Strategy at harmon.ie. “This new addition insures that Samsung KNOX customers now have secure and scalable mobile access to the document storage systems in which their organization already has a significant investment; Office 365 and SharePoint. Now that organizations can provide an easy-to-use mobile app for secure document access, rogue IT can be shut down in an amicable and cost-efficient manner, to the satisfaction of workers and IT alike.”

“We are delighted to work with harmon.ie as a key business partner in the Samsung KNOX ecosystem to provide the best, most secure enterprise applications on the market, specifically to organizations who need to collaborate using documents and social interactions based upon Office 365 and SharePoint,” said Dr. Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business Group, Samsung Electronics. “harmon.ie for Office 365 and SharePoint is now certified and is one of the seventy of enterprise apps available for organizations in the Samsung KNOX Apps marketplace. Our customers can rest assured that harmon.ie for Office 365 and SharePoint is robust and enterprise-grade. We are happy to be working with partners to take secure mobile enterprise collaboration on Android devices to the next level.”


About the harmon.ie Suite of Apps
harmon.ie apps provide the ability to edit and share Office 365 and SharePoint documents and reach out to colleagues using Office 365/SharePoint social capabilities. harmon.ie also provides real-time updates when colleagues edit important documents; colleagues can then be contacted with a single click. Workers can expand their social networks by adding colleagues from the mobile device’s contact list and keep up to date with harmon.ie’s unified activity stream of collaboration updates. For more about harmon.ie Mobile, click here.

About harmon.ie
harmon.ie, the user experience company for the mobile enterprise, provides products that deliver a consistent user experience on mobile devices, the desktop, and the cloud, for a host of social and collaboration platforms from vendors such as Microsoft and IBM. Thousands of businesses including Citi, DuPont and BAE Systems already use harmon.ie to become mobile enterprises. For more information, visit http://harmon.ie/.

1Austin, Tom, “How Mobile Changes Everything, and What to Do About It,” presented at Gartner PCC Conference, San Diego, CA, May 2013