It looks like Samsung’s hard work developing its Knox security software is paying off. The company announced today that a handful of its Galaxy-branded products are now the first consumer mobile devices approved for classified use by the U.S. government.
The full list of approved Samsung smartphones includes the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Alpha. The U.S. government also approved several tablets, including the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. It’s big news for Samsung, and could give the company a serious advantage among security-minded customers
“The inclusion of Samsung mobile devices on the CSfC list proves the unmatched security of Samsung Galaxy devices supported by the KNOX platform,” said CEO and president of Samsung’s IT and mobile business JK Shin. “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.”
The Commercial Solutions for Classified Program (CSfC) cited by Samsung is the NSA’s approved list of technology that can be used for classified information. The list also includes other highly secured smartphones, like the Boeing Black.
Earlier this year Samsung Knox was rocked by accusations that it included some pretty serious weaknesses. Then there were the rumors that Google had commandeered control of the security software and planned to incorporate it directly into Android, which Samsung was quick to deny. But at the end of the day Samsung was able to keep its cool, and now it’s starting to see the benefits.