Samsung Galaxy S4 cleared for use by US Department of Defense

First Android handset to be used within the secured military network.

Samsung has confirmed its secured version of Android has been approved for use by the US Department of Defense (DoD).

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) greenlit the use of the Samsung Galaxy S4 which have the Knox software running on it after testing was successful.

The DoD has stringent security requirements in place and the passing of Knox marks the first time an Android device has been approved for use within its network.

Samsung also confirmed it is seeking certifications from other international governments.

JK Shin, president and CEO of IT and mobile communications at Samsung, noted that gaining approval from the DoD was an important step for its enterprise business.

"This approval enables other government agencies and regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services to adopt Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets," he said.

"This is a significant milestone for Samsung as we work to grow our relationships within government and large corporate enterprises." 

The Samsung Galaxy S4, which launched on 26 April is the first smartphone to support Knox. The device has the software shipped with it, but it is yet to be activated in regular handsets.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has also confirmed that BlackBerry devices have also been cleared for use.

Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart, a Pentagon spokesman, said BlackBerry 10 smartphones and the BlackBerry PlayBook had been cleared. The Pentagon is also also expected to clear Apple devices running iOS 6 during May.

Featured Resources

The ultimate law enforcement agency guide to going mobile

Best practices for implementing a mobile device program

Free download

The business value of Red Hat OpenShift

Platform cost savings, ROI, and the challenges and opportunities of Red Hat OpenShift

Free download

Managing security and risk across the IT supply chain: A practical approach

Best practices for IT supply chain security

Free download

Digital remote monitoring and dispatch services’ impact on edge computing and data centres

Seven trends redefining remote monitoring and field service dispatch service requirements

Free download

Recommended

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review: Unfolding the future
Google Android

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review: Unfolding the future

18 Oct 2021
Samsung 870 QVO review: Cheap and speedy
solid state storage (SSD)

Samsung 870 QVO review: Cheap and speedy

13 Oct 2021
Samsung's new 14nm EUV DDR5 DRAM in mass production
Hardware

Samsung's new 14nm EUV DDR5 DRAM in mass production

12 Oct 2021
Samsung unveils open source software for CXL Memory platform
Hardware

Samsung unveils open source software for CXL Memory platform

7 Oct 2021

Most Popular

Alibaba unveils custom Arm-based server chip
components

Alibaba unveils custom Arm-based server chip

19 Oct 2021
What is cyber warfare?
Security

What is cyber warfare?

15 Oct 2021
HPE wins networking contract with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Network & Internet

HPE wins networking contract with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

15 Oct 2021