The U.S. Department of Defense Adds 5 Samsung Devices to Approved Products List
Published on: 3rd Jun 2014
Samsung says that five of its smartphones have been added to the list of approved devices for use by the US military.
The Samsung devices have been cleared by the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) for use as BYOD smartphones within unclassified defense networks.
The Approved Products List (APL), published by the DISA, provides a catalog of officially approved multi-function mobile devices to support secure mobility for the U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. Government agencies and security-sensitive organizations.
To meet the rigorous DISA approval process, the KNOX-embedded devices demonstrated compliance with over one hundred unique requirements, ranging from encryption to intrusion detection to key exchange to support for secure networking standards.
Along with that, Security Technical Implementation Guide, or STIG, for Samsung KNOX-enabled devices was upgraded to version 2, which is based on Security Functional Requirements in the NIAP Mobile Device Fundamental Protection Profile, in April 2014 after the first version released in May 2013.
Samsung's Android STIG with KNOX provides the technical security policies, requirements, and implementation details for applying comprehensive security protocols to the Android operating system utilized in many of Samsung's mobile devices.
Samsung says that it has been actively seeking security certifications from the government bodies across the globe for Samsung KNOX embedded devices to be used in government networks worldwide. As a result of the initiatives, UK government recently published End User Device (EUD) Security Guidance for Samsung KNOX on using select Samsung Android devices. Additionally, MDFPP Common Criteria was certified for Galaxy S5 and Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) in May 2014 and Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note PRO in Feb 2014 each.