Today, Samsung announced that its Knox-enabled devices are the first to be NIAP-validated and approved for classified use by the U.S. Government. The devices were added to the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Program Component List, to be used by the NSA and other agencies that require an advanced level of security.
The list of approved devices includes: Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Galaxy Tab S 10.5.
"The inclusion of Samsung mobile devices on the CSfC list proves the unmatched security of Samsung Galaxy devices supported by the KNOX platform," said JK Shin, CEO and president of IT and mobile business, Samsung Electronics. "At Samsung, we continue to address today's increasingly complex security challenges, and are committed to delivering the most reliable mobile platform satisfying the needs of professionals in all industries, from SMBs and enterprises to governments and additional regulated markets."
Early this year, Samsung's Knox devices were approved by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for unclassified but sensitive use on the Department of Defense' networks. The UK government has also recently approved Samsung's Knox smartphones for use by all government officials.
Early this year, Google announced that Samsung is going to contribute some of the Knox code to the next version of Android (that being Android 5.0), which will focus on the following major concepts:
- Device and data security
- Support for IT policies and restrictions
- Mobile application management
In Android 5.0, we've already seen how Google plans to introduce data separation – by allowing users to create completely separate accounts. Because Android Lollipop comes with encryption out of the box, the data from all of these accounts will be encrypted and kept safe with verified boot technology. This technology is analogous to what Samsung is using with Knox.
Samsung's Knox devices should be able to maintain a lead in security with its support for ARM TrustZone hardware, unless other Android OEMs adopt similar technologies to protect their devices against tampering.
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Well gee, sorry. Maybe I had it confused with iPhones being approved for military use (article about that here). I just know from personal experience that the duty officers in US embassies use iPads and iPhones for their work, so I assumed those devices had been approved.
Also for the record I don't give two craps about the Apple wars. I personally use Android, but I think iPhones are perfectly good phones as well.
At "gggplaya" (Well, Blackberry stocks just plummeted today. )
At opening of the day, the stock was $11.70 (local currency), at closing, it was $11.40. You call this a 'plummet'?
nice troll attemp
Well yeah... but if you set it up right that's ceases to be a problem. You see Androids already run with everything in userland and shut off from root Linux access, plus they support signed remote administration, meaning that with a few extensions and some crypto modification to US milspec, they can be blocked off the app store, sandbox each app, encrypt their storage natively, randomize their online fingerprint, and administrate all these controls remotely, (i.e you have to jack the phone up to something else to turn these things on and off).
Samsung has just extended what was already there to Blackberry standard.