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Samsung devices approved by US for handling classified info

October 29, 2014 15:59 IST

Korean handset maker Samsung on Wednesday said its galaxy range of devices based on KNOX platform have been approved by the US government to handle the full range of classified information.

The company said this accomplishment is the direct result of its successful testing and certification under the US government's common criteria mobile device fundamental protection profile (MDFPP) and VPN protection profile (VPNPP) programmes.

"After completing ten memoranda of agreements (MOAs), the government added the 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 and the Galaxy IPSEC Virtual Private Network (VPN) client to the commercial solutions for classified (CSfC) Programme component list," Samsung said in a statement.

The company said the devices are available for use with classified government networks and data and all devices and capabilities incorporate security features powered by Samsung KNOX.

"The inclusion of Samsung mobile devices on the CSfC list proves the unmatched security of Samsung Galaxy devices supported by the KNOX platform," Samsung Electronics CEO and president of IT and mobile business J K Shin said.

Earlier this year, Samsung mobile devices were officially included on the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Department of Defense approved products list for sensitive but unclassified use.

Samsung said the CSfC list for high security solutions supplements the DISA listing, enabling the US government and its contractors to create composed solutions meeting the full range of US government security objectives.

"Samsung is the only manufacturer with mobile devices on both lists," it added. 

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