Press Release Covid Certificate Scanner

Samsung and mobco launch their first Covid Certificate Scanner.

This collaboration between both companies brings proven technology and expertise together to facilitate safe and simple scanning!

Diegem, Dilbeek May 18 2021 – While the European corona certificate project is being finalised, the Belgian mobco, in collaboration with Samsung, launches ‘Covid Certificate Scanners’. Thanks to the robustness of the Samsung 5 Enterprise Edition, many professionals will be able to enjoy fast and safe scanning – in all conditions. The preconfigured smartphone exclusively reads the presented QR code, while Samsung KNOX guarantees maximum security.

The EU Covid-19 certificate is in the making and will be used to prove vaccination, corona recovery or a recent negative test result. This token will enable safe travel within Europe and might also be used in large public events. The certificate is an important pillar of the exit strategy.

This context is being used by Samsung and mobco to come up with a complete solution to enable safe, correct and simple certificate validation.

Green or red, ready to use in 5 minutes

The exact details of the European digital certificate and the application in the national member states are still being defined. It is however clear the certificate will consist of a QR code that will be readable by third parties to validate the certificate, showing a red or green screen. mobco, leader in managed mobility solutions in Belgium, developed a Covid Certificate Scanner that enables fast, simple and fully secured authenticity validation based on the official app the Belgian government will issue.

Ulrik Van Schepdael, CEO of mobco:”Our Covid Certificate Scanner is developed with one goal, that’s the scanning and validation of the certificates. The device is configured in such a way that it can only run this single scanning application, guaranteeing maximum security and data protection. Equally important is the ease of use. When an organisation or company needs to execute scans, it’s not acceptable the employees would have to download and configure the scanning app themselves. Our device automatically configures itself at first launch, without any user or IT intervention. The scanner is operational in less than 5 minutes.” 

Military grade robustness and security

To ensure scanning can take place in all circumstances and to combine reliability with rock solid security, mobco opts for the Samsung Xcover 5, a smartphone designed and build for employees active in a variety of business’ around the world. The device is part of the Samsung Galaxy series and includes a brilliant screen, a durable battery and benefits from advanced data protection thanks to the Samsung Knox platform.

Pascal Bungeneers, Head of B2B Samsung Belgium: “The robust hardware of our Galaxy Xcover 5 Enterprise Edition is perfectly suited for professional users to validate the Covid-19 certificates. Think of events on the beach, festival, restaurants, … The smartphone is IP68 water and dust proof, has 1.5 meter drop protection and can be operated while wearing gloves. It’s compatible with third party charging cradles to fill up the 3000 mAh battery, sufficient to last an entire day. And if all that power would not suffice, the battery can be replaced by the user in seconds.” 

Proven technology and expertise

Ulrik Van Schepdael:” This is not our first collaboration in this line of business. We have equipped all security agents of Seris with similar Samsung devices with a specific configuration. That project is one of many where we have proven that a preconfigured and protected smartphone is the ideal solution in very challenging circumstances.”

Pascal Bungeneers:” Aside the robustness of the Samsung Xcover 5, the smartphone incorporates the highest possible data protection technology. Security is not an add-on, but is built-in during the production of the smartphone based on the Samsung Knox platform. This protects each smartphone, wearable or tablet, on the lowest chip level against intrusion, malware or other threats.”

The Covid Certificate Scanner is available, including support and centralised management by mobco, for a fixed price of EUR 243, – excluding VAT (or EUR 373, – excluding VAT with a 12 months mobile subscription).

About Samsung Belgium

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About mobco 

mobco is founded in 2010 and focusses on the modern workplace. The portfolio of mobco includes hardware (smartphone, tablet, computer), software to manage and services to support the modern workplace. With the in-house development of the Workplace Self Service platform, mobco enables the employees of its customers to order their devices and receive these preconfigured at home. mobco counts 26 employees, has two office locations in Dilbeek and Capellen (Luxemburg) and supports large private and public organisations in Belgium and Luxemburg. mob.co  

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Your partner for Knox Suite

Ever since the launch of Knox, Samsung has been investing in making its Android based devices Enterprise grade thanks to Knox. mobco has been following closely the evolution of the Samsung Knox program, over the years mobco has been able to build up the expertise needed to implement to most complex, secure and powerful projects. 

Expertise available, at your service.

The newest edition in the Knox series is called Knox Suite and provides an all-in solution to deploy, configure, secure and manage Samsung based mobility projects.

The Knox Suite, as the name suggests, combines the advanced security features of Knox Platform for Enterprise with cloud-bases services like Knox Mobile Enrollment, Knox Manage and Knox E-FOTA. 

Below the included Samsung Knox products:

  • Knox Platform for Enterprise 
    Enables IT admins to safeguard data at both the hardware and software level, removing the risk of being compromised on Samsung devices.
  • Knox Mobile Enrollment 
    Allows IT admins to bulk enroll Samsung devices into their enterprise, without the need for IMEI management and verification.
  • Knox Manage
    Easy-to-use, cloud based EMM for IT admins to monitor and manage devices and secure corporate data across multiple operating systems. It can also create purpose-built appliances such as kiosks.
  • Knox E-FOTA 
    Offers organizations granular controls for remote OS version management on Samsung mobile devices without end-user interaction.

 

Getting most out of your mobility projects requires excellent hardware and powerful software, but it also requires the right expertise to make it happen!

If you’re interest to learn more about the Knox Suite or one of its components, let us know! Our experts are happy to help you out! 

More information can be found here on our Samsung page or use our “contact us” feature to get in touch! 

 
 

Check Point Partnership

We’re proud to announce the partnership with Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com)! 

With great care we’ve selected Check Point to complement our existing security offering. At mobco, signing a new partnership means a lot more than just reselling the software; it means we develop expertise and have the capabilities to provide IRON integration support (*) to our enterprise customers. “An important investment for our team and so we’re proud to say we are ready to support you with a Check Point certified commercial and technical team!” says Ulrik Van Schepdael, mobco CEO.
 
Security is no longer an option in mobile IT projects
 
In the current workplace we experience a shift from static devices to mobile devices. Most email is read on mobile-first and the smartphones or tablets are business critical company assets.
The more we use these types of devices, the more vulnerable these become: when hackers turn their attention to mobile, it’s just a matter of time before these get compromised.
“The threat database of Check Point goes beyond the typical mobile threats and includes every possible platform. It basically covers every possible device the employee could use for work” says Björn Kemps, Operations Director at mobco.
And the Check Point vision is perfectly in synch with mobco’s workplace vision: the employee should be able to use any device for work… when that device is properly configured and secured!
 
 
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Anti-Phishing is mandatory
 
Your “small” smartphone screen is perfect to trick you and abuse your confidence. On top, the device itself is extremely accessible to malicious users; a simple message using any popular app is enough to drive you to their ‘bad site’ and steal your data.
 

Check Point’s approach on mobile security involves an on-device VPN, invisible to the user and without any performance impact. “In many instances we use a similar and conflicting VPN technology to access corporate resources, the intelligent Check Point technology avoids such conflicts and allows these to co-exist” says Björn Kemps. A great achievement to combine functionality and security, while preserving battery life.

 
 
The Check Point product suite has proven to be a worthy addition to the mobco portfolio, “We’re happy to announce this partnership with one of the biggest security firms on this planet, an established value in the security market. With mobco we will focus only on the workplace technology and more specific the mobile components: it complements our portfolio and allows us to better respond to the current and future threats!” concludes Ulrik Van Schepdael. 
 
If you would like to learn more on the Check Point product offering, please contact your sales representative or get in touch with is (contact form, email or phone).

(*) IRON Integration Support is provided with our platform management and security products. It provides you a complete support beyond the typical product issues, it covers all related components in the architecture, both on-premise and cloud.

 
 

On-Premise Single Sign-On, the user friendly way to stay secure finally works on Android Enterprise

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Seamless Single Sign-On (SSO) authentication for mobile devices is now required more than ever. As security threats are on the rise and employees rely on their phones, especially for business related activities, so there is an increased need for a centralized login system.

What is Single Sign-On and how does it work?

Entering credentials manually is frustrating and very time-consuming. But it’s even more error prone on a mobile device. Being able to respond to work-related requests in time benefits employers and employees alike. Especially when your staff is working remotely. Here is where Single Sign-On (SSO) comes in.

SSO provides your users with convenient access to authorized resources without compromising on security. With SSO the user only authenticates once through their device – this is enough to identify the user and grant access for all applications in the company.

Kerberos, the standard of SSO

The Kerberos-authentication technology is the standard to provide Single Sign-On in the enterprise context. It is used within internal environments and has a proven track record. Some of you might wonder how Kerberos exactly works.

Basically, Kerberos comes down to this: It is a protocol for authentication, that uses tickets. It will avoid storing the passwords locally or sending them over the internet – instead it uses a trusted 3rd-party server, the so called KDC. Further it is built on symmetric-key cryptography that makes it extremely secure.

You have a ticket—your proof of identity encrypted with a secret key for the particular service requested—on your local machine; so long as it’s valid, you can access the requested service that is within a Kerberos realm. Rather than re-entering your user/password credentials, your ticket (cached on your system) is used to authenticate allowing for Single Sign-On.

What about Mobile?

Single Sign-On has always been a challenge on mobile phones – especially on Android devices. While companies got the advantage of the Kerberos SSO on their iOS devices, Android users where left behind. To bridge that gap Device Admin and EMM Proprietary solutions were needed to enable it.

Now that companies have to switch to Android Enterprise the Android world is lacking this important feature. Because Device Admin is being deprecated and companies have to switch to Android Enterprise the Android world is lacking this important feature.

Seamless SSO for Android

Fortunately there is some neat Swiss-made and EMM agnostic compatible solution called Hypergate. The Swiss company behind it is developing mobile security applications for more than a decade and designed Hypergate like a Swiss pocket knife: Simple, effective and offers a lot of possibilities.

Hypergate allows a hassle-free authentication to services and lets users consume the services they need on the go. That saves time and keeps the great Android user-experience they’re used to.

It leverages the open Android account’s APIs and enables SPNEGO Kerberos SSO authentication while using system apps like Google Chrome to browse the intranet. It simulates a secure Smart Card logon and handles the native Kerberos protocol just like any other workstation in your network. The communication happens directly with your KDC (Domain Controller), no additional backend component needs to be installed.

Will it work in my environment?

Hypergate is a very flexible application – it’s compatible with all leading Enterprise Mobility Management solution including MobileIron, Microsoft Intune, VMware Workspace ONE, BlackBerry and furthermore. In addition it is device agnostic, allowing you to have a fully diverse BYOD fleet.

The application can be deployed to all employees via the managed google play store. Besides, Hypergate does not require any infrastructural changes at all. Allowing you to set up SSO in hours, not months.

Truly Mobile with Hypergate

A recent update of Hypergate makes Passwords Expirations, Password Changes and Password resets a pain point of the past. It was often the case that if your support team was resetting your password, you were forced to change the password on a Windows machine. Finally your employees can be truly mobile. No dependence on having to use a computer to complete their work. This helps to eliminate the cost of support time.

Get in touch with us if you want to know more about Single Sign-On and Hypergate. We are a certified partner of Hypergate and we are keen to show you what impact Hypergate can have in your work environment.

when mobile is business critical

Mobile in business, is business critical. But how to safeguard the quality of service you are offering your employees?

With this in mind, we’re more than proud to announce you the mobile monitoring service.

The first ever tool that allows you to measure the full employee mobile experience within an enterprise context. From device EMM registration, VPN, intranet web pages, native apps up to in-house apps.

We drive down the operational cost of managing a large fleet of devices by reducing the time to fix and improve overall availability.

The mobile monitoring service provides you a real time view on the performance of all business apps in one dashboard.

This innovative service was developed in collaboration with Quamotion and the mobco engineering team. It radically changes the way we monitor and measure the mobile user experience by turning the problem upside down. In a traditional monitoring set-up you need to consolidate and interpret information coming from all components used for the delivery of the mobile experience. We consider this close to impossible and see an increasing number of employees calling the helpdesk to report infrastructure issues.

By using software robots running custom scripts, based on the customer requirements, we can measure the employee mobile experience continuously. The feedback is analysed using our smart warning system that takes into account the importance of the test and its frequency.

Continue reading here, including access to the datasheet >.

 

mobco wins Lookout award!

On the 2018 partner conference held by Lookout, mobco won the partner award for its achievements in securing mobile devices!

Lookout continues to invest in mobile intelligence to detect and counter attacks on mobile devices. This intelligence is used by mobco to further secure and protect data on mobile devices.

As stated by Mike Murray, VP at Lookout, the mobile device is ‘the’ place where malicious attacks take place these days. The device contains both all your personal and business data, logins and passwords.
“You use your mobile device for two factor authentication”, clearly an interesting target for someone who wants to break into the services or network you use!

Many, if not all, of attacks on mobile are actually user initiated, without them knowing: phishing!

This remains one of the toughest question in the industry: how can we counter this without channeling all traffic back to our traditional network? As one of mobco’s design principles is to see the mobile device always on an outside network, it’s impossible to inspect every bit that’s being consumed by the mobile device.

Lookout is working on the next level of pro-active mobile protection against phishing to solve this. A welcome addition to our portfolio and yet another service that will help us protect your data and better secure your business!

Another interesting fact: 3 awards were won by members of the Enterprise Mobility Expert Alliance!

 

Why make life hard…

The question we often hear is:”Why do these device manufacturers make life so hard to activate a new device?”

It’s true. There are too many passwords, login screens and an endles series of ‘yes’ buttons you just have to click to continue in the process. There must be something better?

And there is! With the Device Enrolment Program (DEP) we make life easy for your IT staff AND for your employee!!
Take a brand new iPhone or iPad, unopened box, give it to your employee and … wait.
Trust us, if your employee is not capable of making it work there is a hardware issue with the device.

mobco is an Authorized Apple Enterprise Reseller and we know how to make things easy, from hardware purchase at the very best commercial conditions up to the production part and end-user support.
See our movie of one of our devices enrolling in EMM.

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No apple ID required.

No credit card required.

No personal email address.

Open the box and enjoy the magic!