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Pentagon approves SamsungKnox for government use

Caroline Ng | May 7, 2013
SamsungKnox mobile devices are officially the first Android OS deemed secure enough for US government use.

Samsung Electronics has announced that its Knox-enabled devices have been added to the official list approved by the Department of Defense (DoD) for military use.

This marks a milestone for Samsung Knox to be the first Android operating system to pass all rigorous security testings of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

JK Shin, president and chief executive of IT and communications at Samsung, said this announcement has opened up potential businesses between government and corporate enterprises.

"This approval enables other government agencies and regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services to adopt Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets," he said.

This announcement will see Samsung Knox-enabled devices, including smartphones and tablets, being used within the military internal networks.

Although Samsung Galaxy S4 is to date the only smartphone to be enabled with the Knox's security software, the company plans to feature Knox in their future premium range.

The unique secure capability of Samsung Knox lies in its tough encryption that offers data security against malware attacks.

Injong Rhee, senior vice president at Samsung, said Knox offers the fundamental platform security. "Samsung Galaxy devices powered by Samsung Knox are highly secure mobile devices," he said.

This agreement is following DoD's same approval to BlackBerry 10 operating system to be used in the military.

Government agencies can expect to have more options when Apple iOS joins the bandwagon after securing the Pentagon's security nod.

Beyond the United States, Samsung is also actively pursuing international government contracts for its Knox-enabled devices.





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