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Samsung Galaxy S4, Blackberry Q10 win Pentagon security approval

Apple expected to get nod in two weeks
Fri May 03 2013, 10:13
Blackberry Q10 Samsung Galaxy S4

THE PENTAGON has given the thumbs up to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Blackberry 10 devices for use by the US Department of Defense (DoD), while Apple devices have yet to get the green light.

We reported yesterday that the Pentagon was expected to approve the iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy devices shortly, according to the Wall Street Journal.

However, today the Pentagon announced that it has cleared Samsung's Knox security software, which will make its debut on the Galaxy S4, along with Blackberry 10 devices including the Blackberry Q10, Blackberry Z10 and Playbook tablet.

Apple needn't feel too disheartened, however, as the DoD said that it's likely to clear iOS 6 for military use in the next few weeks. However, the Pentagon said that it still has a few questions about iOS that Apple needs answer, so it's not yet guaranteed approval.

A Pentagon spokesperson told Reuters, "We are pleased to add Blackberry 10 and the Samsung Knox version of Android to our family of mobile devices supporting the Department of Defense. We look forward to additional vendors also participating in this process.

"This is a significant step towards establishing a multi-vendor environment that supports a variety of state of the art devices and operating systems."

Blackberry is understandably quite happy about this. A spokesperson said, "The US Department of Defense's strict security requirements are amongst the highest in the world, and this allows other government bodies to follow suit.

"The role of Blackberry including devices and Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 continues to be important and relevant for security conscious organizations."

Samsung CEO JK Shin also spoke about the approval. He said, "We are very pleased to announce that the US Department of Defense has approved Samsung Knox enabled devices for use in DoD networks. This approval enables other government agencies and regulated industries such as health care and financial services to adopt Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

"This is a significant milestone for Samsung as we work to grow our relationships within government and large corporate enterprises."

Apple was not immediately available for comment. µ

 

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