Samsung’s Knox security software profited a little bit more authority as the US Department of Defense approved Samsung Galaxy S4′s running the protections for use in the government, making it the company’s first device to gain US government certification. This approval is in line with a Department of Defense announcement from February that will open its communications systems to smartphones and tablets from Apple and Google by February 2014.
The Knox software keeps specified data separate from the rest of your phone. That way if it gets hacked, the hacker won’t have immediately access to your information. This is important for separating things like private apps, documents, and accounts that you might access through your smartphone.
“We are very pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Defense has approved Samsung Knox-enabled devices for use in Department of Defense networks,” said JK Shin, president of Samsung Mobile, 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.”
Reuters reports that the Pentagon has a fleet of around 600,000 smartphones, of which 470,000 are BlackBerry devices. The majority of the 41,000 Apple and 8,700 Android devices are engaged in pilot or test programs. It was reported that the White House is ready to swap its fleet of BlackBerry smartphones for a more flexible option that lets employees choose from Samsung’s Galaxy range, or Apple’s iPhone and iPad products. That Samsung is now certified for use within the Department of Defense is proof that the growth of the Korean company has changed the BlackBerry-only mentality in the US government.