Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 win US military approval

Samsung today announced that the Galaxy S9/S9+, Galaxy S8/S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8 on Android 8.0 Oreo have received approval from the US military. This means that military personnel can now use these handsets for official business. These handsets have been added to the Approved Products List for the US Department of Defense.

Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 approved for military use

Getting this approval is no easy task as it involves questions of national security for the country. Samsung worked with multiple standards bodies to ensure that these devices comply with the needs of the National Information Assurance Partnership through the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation defined by the Defense Information Security Agency. Samsung also worked with the DISA to produce the Security Technical Implementation Guides which are required for deployment within the Department of Defense.

The devices are required to demonstrate compliance with more than one hundred unique requirements which range from encryption to intrusion detection to key exchange and support for secure network standards.

The certification process for devices also requires ongoing research and development from Samsung and a close working relationship with the United States government. There are only a few device manufacturers in the market that are granted this approval so this is certainly a big achievement for the South Korean company.

With this certification in hand, these approved Samsung devices can now be used by federal departments, agencies, and other highly regulated industries without any need for further modifications.

“Samsung is proud to have once again met the government standards of the DoD,” said Chris Balcik, Vice President, Federal Government at Samsung Electronics America.

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