Xperia in Business

Xperia™ is now in business with enhancements to the Android™ security solution

To ensure that that we offer the demanded level of security on devices and in data transmission has been a key priority for our software team. Having made Sony Mobile enhancements to the existing Android solution, which is based on a proven Linux™ kernel, we now provide a stable and secure platform for business communications. Read on to find out more!

In unison with the recent announcement of the Xperia™ Z1 we published our new Xperia in Business web portal for the first time. Through the content on those pages, which includes detailed Xperia in Business White papers, we’re able to showcase the business capabilities of our new hero product and other products that meet business criteria.

The developments we’ve made in security can be categorised into four areas; System Security, Secure Storage, Network Security and Device Security.  Here we’ll take a closer look at each of those areas in more detail.

System security
Using the Linux based Android OS, we’ve taken advantage of the existing level of security which is provided through the Android Application Sandbox, ensuring the isolation of app data and code from other apps. Apps cannot interact with each other and have limited access to the OS, resulting in sensitive information being protected.

Secure Storage
With protection from passwords, PIN codes and screen unlock patterns, data is kept safe. To enhance the security in this area our engineers have also made sure that we have encryption capabilities, making the data unreadable to anyone but the intended user. The Xperia™ Z1 offers 256-bit AES encryption for all the data in the internal memory and also on the external SD card. This guarantees strong protection, and if the device we’re lost or stolen it could be remotely locked or wiped.

Network Security
We know that businesses expect to be able to use corporate networks wherever they are whilst also keeping data protected. So we’ve ensured secure connections through a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 2.0 and 3.0, and Transport Layer Security (TLS v.10, v1.1 andv1.2). There is also support for StartTLS with IMAP/POP3 accounts. Whether using mobile networks, VPN or Wi-Fi, confidential information is kept safe.

Device Security
Again the screen lock combined with a passcode (a PIN or an alphanumeric password) is the first security barrier in preventing unauthorised users from gaining access to the device. In addition we’ve made these devices compatible with leading MDM providers, meaning that policies can be enforced over-the-air via an MDM solution or by using Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®.

We’re very excited by the developments our teams have made, as we know this makes our devices secure and optimised for business.

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  1. By s.a. t.

    #1

    Advertising Linux / android builtin security is cheap.
    Sony developers themselves could work on data security/protection/encryption/privacy in their own apps like notes, documents, voicenotes, photoalbum, movies etc and provide a solution to separate sensitive data from more general data and protect it. It could be easy to create a mechanism that is easily repeated across apps to offer the same functionality for different types of data in different apps and give the user the choice to leave data easy accessible after unlocking the phone with the lockscreen or add an extra layer of security by protecting the data of their choice with a password and encryption inside sony apps this is really a good feature and selling point in these times of privacy concerns

    • By Ashley Davies

      #2

      Thanks for your feedback. We will forward this on to our development team.

      Regards

      Ashley – from the Developer World team

  2. By ROBERT PAGE

    #3

    I have a Sony Xperia Z1s, Build 14.2.C.0.159 The encryption does not work. The phone just reboots without encrypting. I have tried it with and without the SD Card option. My problem sounds similar to Ashley. I also have a PIN set.

    • By Ashley Davies

      #4

      Hi Robert,

      Our Engineers have checked and they’ve succesfully encrypted using the same software. Their suggestions are here:

      1. Plug in to a wall power outlet, not a computer. The reason is that if the user has ADB enabled, an open shell can cause data to not be unmounted.
      2. Try to encrypt again directly after a failure, do not start unnecessary apps. The reason is that the user might have an app that causes the problem. A newly booted phone has a minimum of apps running, encryption might start then.

      Please try and see if that works.

      Regards

      Ashley – from the Developer World team

    • By Ashley Davies

      #5

      Hi Robert,

      Thanks for your comment. I will check with the engineering teams to find out why this is happening on your device.

      Regards

      Ashley – from the Developer World team

  3. By Stijn Paumen

    #6

    Hi Ashley

    How can we get access to your MDM API? Our customer FIFA would like us to extend support for our mobile data optimization service to their T2 devices. We already support MDO for iOS and Samsung Android but it requires us to make a few changes to our app and access your API in order to configure proxy settings.

    You can reach me at stijn.paumen@wandera.com

    Thanks,
    S.

    • By Ashley Davies

      #7

      Hi there,

      I’ve sent an email and copied you in. Hopefully my colleagues will be able to help with your query.

      Ashley – from the Developer World team

  4. By Malte Gell

    #8

    I have a Sony Xperia Z1 and system encryption does not work. I have software build number 14.1.G.2.257 and I have a pin set. When I tryp to encrypt the system the phone restarts and nothing more happens, no encryption was done. The bootloader is still locked, I did not make any system changes. Why does the system encryption not work with the Xperia Z1?

    • By Ashley Davies

      #9

      Hi Malte,

      Our engineering teams have tried to recreate the environment as mentioned in your post to see if they can identify the issue. When they have done this they haven’t found an issue. Firstly, just ensure you are using the latest software version. If that doesn’t work, it seems like it may be an issue with your specific device, in which case it should be something that is dealt with from your point of purchase.

      I hope that helps.

      Ashley – from the Developer World team

    • By Ashley Davies

      #10

      Hi Malte,

      Thanks for your comment. I will check with the engineering teams to find out why this is happening.

      Regards

      Ashley – from the Developer World team

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