Samsung’s drive into the public sector has been given elbow power by the UK Government’s support for its KNOX platform.
The approval comes after months of rigorous testing by the Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG), the body tasked with public sector communications security.
CESG approval opens the door to lucrative Government deals to provide KNOX-enabled Samsung smartphones to Government departments and agencies seeking secure communications.
Samsung devices cleared for use included the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S5.
Graham Long, Samsung VP of the UK enterprise business team, said: ‘Mobile device data security is a major focus for Samsung, and our KNOX technology provides a comprehensive solution for businesses and the public sector.
‘We are pleased that our KNOX-enabled devices have been cleared for use by the UK Government, and are confident given the period of intensive testing that the robust capabilities of KNOX act as a credible security solution for Government agencies.
‘Our technology is widely used in both the UK public and private sector, and with this approval we are committed to working more closely with Government departments and agencies that need to maintain high levels of security and data confidentiality on their mobile devices.’
Injong Rhee, senior VP of KNOX Business, IT & mobile communications division at Samsung Electronics, said the approval was ‘significant recognition’ of KNOX’s high standards of security and could lead to other governments giving KNOX approval.
He said: ‘CESG’s acknowledgment of Samsung KNOX is testament to the high standard of security offered by the Samsung KNOX platform and a further milestone as we work to grow our relationships with government organisations and large corporate enterprises worldwide.’