Several Samsung Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5, have officially been approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) for use with classified US government networks. This follows a number of Samsung devices being included on the Defense Information Systems Agency approved product list earlier this year.
The list of approved products by the government includes: the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3,Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Galaxy Tab S 10.5, and the Galaxy IPSEC Virtual Private Network Client.
According to an announcement by Samsung, the approved products are the first consumer devices to receive National Information Assurance Partnership approval, which means that the devices are deemed secure enough by the NSA to handle classified information.
One reason for this approval is due to Samsung’s security platform, known as Samsung Knox. Samsung has worked with Google since the beginning of 2014 to include the Knox platform into the next version of Android’s operating system. As we have discussed previously, Samsung has been looking to boost the Knox platform as an alternative to Blackberry for enterprise and government markets, where data security is key.
Also included in the approved classification is Boeing Black, a smartphone designed for defense and security applications by the aircraft maker.