For those of us who work in and around the enterprise security domain something unique has just happened. The U.S. Government has just approved a commercial consumer device, the Samsung Galaxy family of devices, for classified info. This means government organizations can establish new, smarter, more scalable mechanisms to get classified information to mobile users.
This is a dramatic, positive change that will enable more government efficiencies in support of multiple missions in military and law enforcement.
It should also have many spin-off benefits in the corporate security world. Every enterprise CISO should be paying attention to this news.
For more see the press release below:
Samsung Galaxy Devices based on KNOX platform are the First Consumer Mobile Devices NIAP-Validated and Approved for U.S. Government Classified Use
Samsung’s entry onto the Commercial Solutions for Classified Program Components List proves that Samsung devices and KNOX meet the most stringent and vital security standards
Samsung Electronics announced its solutions have been approved by the United States government as the first NIAP-validated consumer mobile devices to handle the full range of classified information. After completing ten Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs), the government added the 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 to the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Program Component List.
This accomplishment is the direct result of Samsung’s successful testing and certification under the U.S. government’s Common Criteria Mobile Device Fundamental Protection Profile (MDFPP) and VPN Protection Profile (VPNPP) programs. The listed Samsung devices are available for use with classified government networks and data. All devices and capabilities incorporate security features powered by Samsung KNOX.
“The inclusion of Samsung mobile devices on the CSfC list proves the unmatched security of Samsung Galaxy devices supported by the KNOX platform,” said JK Shin, CEO and president of IT and mobile business, Samsung Electronics. “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.”
Earlier this year Samsung mobile devices were officially included on the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Department of Defense Approved Products List for Sensitive But Unclassified use. The CSfC list for high security solutions supplements the DISA listing, enabling the U.S. government and its contractors to create composed solutions meeting the full range of U.S. government security objectives. Samsung is the only manufacturer with mobile devices on both lists.
The growing number of Samsung devices on both lists allows the U.S. government to enjoy cost effective and highly secured mobile experiences with a variety of options.
The Commercial Solutions for Classified Program Component List may be found at: https://www.nsa.gov/ia/programs/csfc_program/component_list.shtml.
The DISA Approved Products List may be found at: http://www.disa.mil/Services/Network-Services/UCCO.
Additionally, the industry-leading KNOX solution is available for commercial use worldwide at consumer-oriented prices. For more information, you can visit www.samsungknox.com.