Samsung Galaxy S4 earns Pentagon security nod

The Pentagon has given the official nod to any Samsung device protected by the Knox security software, which for now includes just the Galaxy S4.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 has been approved for government use.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has been approved for government use.
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

 

Samsung is now clear to start pitching its new flagship phone to the government.

The handset maker announced today that its Knox-enabled mobile devices have been approved by the Pentagon for government use. Samsung’s Knox software offers high-level encryption, a VPN feature, and a way to separate personal data from work data. The software also enables IT administrators to manage a mobile device through specific policies.

For now, the Galaxy S4 is the only Samsung device equipped with Knox. But the company promises that other smartphones as well as tablets will receive the security software.

The thumb’s up from the Pentagon means that the S4 and future Knox devices can be used by U.S. government and military deparments that tap into the Department of Defense networks. Access to these networks requires high security standards, and the S4 is the first Android phone to meet the requirements, according to Samsung.

The new security clearance also opens up certain types of businesses as potential new customers for Samsung.

“We are very pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Defense has approved Samsung Knox-enabled devices for use in DoD networks,” Samsung Mobile president JK Shin said in a statement. “This approval enables other government agencies and regulated industries such as health care and financial services to adopt Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. This is a significant milestone for Samsung as we work to grow our relationships within government and large corporate enterprises.”

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