Security sure has been in the news a lot lately, and for good reason. Samsung's not getting left out, either, as it recently introduced Knox
(like Fort Knox, get it?) in order to bring additional security measures to its phones and tablets. And now, Knox has a major stamp of approval. In a first for Android powered devices, Samsung smartphones and tablets with Samsung Knox can be used by the US Government and Military Services. The news comes just days after BlackBerry 10 devices were certified
for use at the DoD, and this could very well help Samsung's Android
lot become more of a staple in government buildings.
With the official approval, Samsung Knox-enabled devices, including smartphones and tablets, will be listed as approved products for use by U.S. government and military officials within DoD networks. The DoD security requirement guidelines for mobile operation systems are one of the highest security standards in the world and this marks the first time for Android-powered devices to meet such high security requirements.
JK Shin, President and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, said, "We are very pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Defense has approved Samsung Knox-enabled devices for use in DoD networks. This approval enables other government agencies and regulated industries such as health care and financial services to adopt Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. This is a significant milestone for Samsung as we work to grow our relationships within government and large corporate enterprises."
"Samsung Knox delivers fundamental security at the platform level, while leaving the user experience consistent," said Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President and Head of B2B R&D Group, Samsung Electronics "Samsung Galaxy devices powered by Samsung Knox are highly secure mobile devices."
The Samsung Galaxy S4
, recently launched in the global market, is the first smartphone to be enabled with Knox. Going forward, Samsung's premium smartphones and tablets will feature Samsung Knox. In addition to the DoD approval, Samsung is actively seeking certifications from other international government certification bodies for Samsung Knox-enabled devices to be used in government networks worldwide.