Pentagon Approves Samsung Device Running on Latest Android OS; John Hickey Comments

mobile device managementThe Defense Information Systems Agency has cleared Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones that run an Android variation for use on military networks, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

Jared Serbu writes that Samsung’s Knox containerization technology is designed to isolate government and communications data from threats.

“The beauty of this is that the security container is built by the manufacturer of the device, so you get a large company sustaining that,” said John Hickey, mobility program manager at DISA, according to Serbu’s article.

“I think it’s a big win not just for DoD, but for the federal government,” Hickey added.

DISA also released guidelines to help defense organizations implement and secure their Samsung Knox devices across the enterprise.

The security technical implementation guide, or STIG, also includes usage procedures for the Android 4.4 mobile operating system.

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