Samsung Knox security software approved by US Department of Defence

Samsung has revealed that its Samsung Knox security software has been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for use in the American government.

Currently the only Samsung device to feature Samsung Knox, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been officially approved for use by US government and military officials within its DoD networks.

To gain such approval, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Knox software had to meet the requirements of one of the highest security standards in the world for mobile operating systems.

The tests are so strict that this is the first time any Android OS device has met the demanding requirements.

“We are very pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Defense has approved Samsung Knox-enabled devices for us in DoD networks,” said JK Shin, President of Samsung. “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 ad large corporate enterprises.”

Described as a “comprehensive enterprise mobile solution for work and play”, Samsung Knox ensures security for Android devices from apps to hardware. Samsung Knox is accessible through a dedicated homescreen app and offers separate business and personal use of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

“Samsung Knox delivers fundamental security at the platform level, while leaving the user experience consistent,” said Samsung’s Senior Vice President and Head of the B2B R&D Group Injong Rhee. “Samsung Galaxy devices powered by Samsung Knox are highly secure mobile devices.”

Future Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets are planned to include Samsung Knox, so the US government won’t be limited to the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the future.

The South Korean company is also looking to certify Samsung Knox for use with other government bodies across the world.

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