Samsung’s high-end smartphones have been certified by the US government in the past, deeming them safe for classified use. Now, the South Korean smartphone giant has announced that its latest flagship smartphones and tablets have been approved by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) under the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation program.
The Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and the Galaxy Tab S3 have now appeared in the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) list. This means these devices satisfy the rigorous safety standards to securely maintain classified information that is required by federal agencies and departments as well as other highly regulated industries and sectors in the US. Samsung also offers IPSec VPN client, offering a single solution for data security.
“We are committed to pursuing and validating our devices against the most stringent certifications available in the market to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our security-conscious customers. With this certification, our customers will be able to continue enjoying the ease of use they have come to expect on Samsung devices without having to compromise security,” said Chris Balcik, Vice President of Sales, Federal Government at Samsung Electronics America.
The Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation is commonly known as Common Criteria, and it is an internationally recognized standard that defines information security measures on IT products from vendors. It is used by 28 governments as a basis for their own certification schemes. Samsung uses the Mobile Device Fundamentals Protection Profile (MDFPP) v3 as the basis for the most recent Common Criteria evaluation.
Earlier, the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, and the Galaxy S7 edge had received certification from the NIAP for classified use by the US government and federal agency officials.