UK government gives approval for Samsung KNOX

UK government gives approval for Samsung KNOX

The UK Government has recommended Samsung’s KNOX smartphones for its official communications.

The company’s KNOX smartphones were awarded a lower risk rating than its rivals’ offerings, according to the information security division of Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Korean technology giant Samsung has stated smartphones running the KNOX platform have now been cleared for communications marked 'official' by the Government.

Launched in 2013, Samsung Electronics' security software KNOX was developed to increase security on top of the Android operating system. The company achieved this by developing a range of tools all the way down to the processor.

Three notable risks were associated with Samsung's KNOX platform; this compared favourably to BlackBerry 10.1 with four significant risks associated with its Enterprise Mobility Management Regulated mode. Meanwhile, Google's Android 4.3 had 11 risks identified, according to results of previous assessments.

‘CESG’s acknowledgment of Samsung KNOX is testament to the high standard of security offered by the Samsung KNOX platform,’ said Injong Rhee, senior vice president of KNOX Business, IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung, adding that it was ‘a further milestone' as the company works to grow its relationships with government organisations and large corporate enterprises worldwide.

Graham Long, a vice president at Samsung UK and Ireland, said that with the approval the company was 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’.

With mobile device data security being a major focus for Samsung, the KNOX technology provides a comprehensive solution for businesses and the public sector, he said.

‘We are confident given the period of intensive testing that the robust capabilities of KNOX act as a credible security solution for government agencies,’ he said.

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