Samsung devices get NSA approval for government use

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Samsung on Tuesday announced some of its Galaxy mobile devices have received approval from the U.S. National Security Agency for use with classified US government networks and data.

Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Galaxy Tab S 10.5, and the Galaxy IPSEC Virtual Private Network (VPN) Client are the ones to have been validated by a partnership between the National Security Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The validation means Samsung devices will now be eligible for use by U.S. government departments to handle and store all range of classified and sensitive data.

JK Shin, CEO and president of IT and mobile business, Samsung, in a statement said “The inclusion of Samsung mobile devices on the CSfC list proves the unmatched security of Samsung Galaxy devices supported by the Knox platform.”

“At Samsung, we continue to address today’s increasingly complex security challenges, and are committed to delivering the most reliable mobile platform satisfying the needs of professionals in all industries, from SMBs and enterprises to governments and additional regulated markets,” Shin added.

Five Samsung devices were included in the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) approved product list in June, but were unclassified for use to handle sensitive data then.

The Korean tech giant is the first and only manufacturer to have mobile devices listed on both DISA and CSfC.