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Apple and Samsung phones to get Pentagon security nod in blow for Blackberry

iOS and Knox impresses US government
Thu May 02 2013, 11:00
Blackberry Q10 Samsung Galaxy S4

BITTER RIVALS Apple and Samsung might soon get security approval from the Pentagon, making their smartphones fit for use by the US Department of Defense in a blow to struggling Blackberry.

The Pentagon is expected to give the thumbs up to Apple's iPhone and iPad devices as well as Samsung's Galaxy lineup in the next couple of weeks, which will mean US government agencies are no longer tied to ageing Blackberry devices.

That's according to the Wall Street Journal, which reports that Apple's iOS and Samsung's Knox security software have passed the Pentagon's security tests.

Such a development could spell trouble for Blackberry, with US military services presently wielding 470,000 Blackberry devices compared to just 41,000 iPhones and 8,700 Android devices.

What's even more worrying for the Canadian firm is the fact that its Blackberry 10 operating system has yet to get the nod from the Pentagon, which means that the US government can not yet adopt its latest Blackberry Q10 and Blackberry Z10 smartphones.

"We are working with DOD and DISA to ensure we have approval as soon as possible," a Blackberry spokesperson said.

As pointed out by the Wall Street Journal, gaining security approval from the Pentagon is considered by some to be the "gold standard" in communications security, which could in turn see other businesses consider the switch to iOS and Android, neither of which has a reputation for security at present.

"Once we are certified by the government, more easily we can convince others, the bankers and also big enterprise and so on," a Samsung spokesperson is quoted as saying.

However, it's unlikely to get picked up by UK businesses any time soon, with Samsung revealing last week that the Galaxy S4 won't ship with its Knox security features. µ


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