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Samsung smartphones approved for use by U.S. Defense Department


Smartphones from Samsung have been added to the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Approved Products List (APL), after completing the Common Criteria evaluation and cooperation between the company and the Defense Information Security Agency (DISA) to produce the Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) necessary for DoD deployment.

Samsung worked with standards bodies to ensure the Galaxy S8, S9, and Note8 on Android 8.0 Oreo meet the needs of the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP). It also demonstrated the devices’ compliance with more than 100 unique requirements for encryption, intrusion detection, key exchange, and support for secure network standards.

“Samsung is proud to have once again met the government standards of the DoD,” says Chris Balcik, Vice President, Federal Government at Samsung Electronics America. “We are committed to providing secure devices for approved use within the federal market, which is why we include key features like Samsung Knox and biometrics on each device. Well before, and after a device is launched, we work with the government and offer test devices so they can go through a very rigorous certification process and achieve the necessary approvals so the U.S. government can purchase our devices with confidence.”

Federal departments, agencies, and other highly-regulated industries can now use the approved devices without modification, which Samsung says gives them greater choice of mobile devices for field use, increasing flexibility and lowering costs.

The DoD has been placing increased emphasis on biometrics for security, with the new Next Generation Biometric Collection system reaching the acquisition process earlier this year.

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