PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS in the UK can now choose to wield a Galaxy S5, as long as it has Samsung Knox installed.
After months of testing by the Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG), the UK government published End User Devices (EUD) Security Guidance for Samsung Knox on Wednesday, advising that the Android-based security suite is good enough for public sector use.
According to Samsung, the UK has approved Knox version 1.0, with the EUD Guidance for Knox 2.0 that was announced at this year's Mobile World Congress on target to be published later this year.
Samsung devices covered by the CESG's guidance include the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 and the firm's latest flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5. This comes despite the government noting that devices running Android 4.3 have been cleared, with Samsung telling The INQUIRER that its Android 4.4 Kitkat release has "definitely" been given the thumbs up for public sector use.
Samsung also noted that some of its tablets have also been cleared for use, including the Samsung Note 10.1, Note Pro 12.2, Tab 3 7.0, Tab Pro 8.4, Tab Pro 10.1 and Samsung Tab Pro 12.2
Graham Long, VP of Samsung's UK Enterprise Business Team, said in a statement, "Mobile device data security is a major focus for Samsung, and our Knox technology provides a comprehensive solution for businesses and the public sector.
"We are pleased that our Knox enabled devices have been cleared for use by the UK government, and are confident given the period of intensive testing that the robust capabilities of Knox act as a credible security solution for government agencies.
"Our technology is widely used in both the UK public and private sector, and with this approval we are committed to working more closely with government departments and agencies that need to maintain high levels of security and data confidentiality on their mobile devices." µ