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British spooks wave through Samsung S6 mobes for UK govt bods

CESG KNOX on wood – certifies vendor's encryption tech

By Team Register, 20 Jul 2015

Samsung's new handsets have been given the seal of approval from the information assurance arm of Britain's intelligence agency.

The South Korean tech multinational reckoned that the certification was the first of its kind to be dished out to a mobile vendor in Blighty.

Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge models were granted the coveted "OFFICIAL" status from the UK government's Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG).

The company gushed:

The UK Certification follows from the NIAP Common Criteria MDFPPv2.0 Certification awarded for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge devices earlier this year, and has now been formally recognised by CESG, the body tasked with providing assistance to Government Departments on commination (sic) security, as being compliant with their Commercial Product Assurance (CPA) scheme requirements for data-at-rest at Foundation Grade.

This is a result of rigorous testing against a stringent set of requirements developed to assure security compliance for mobile devices in nations such as the UK and US.

CESG's "OFFICIAL" level means that Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, which come loaded with Samsung's KNOX security architecture, can now be used by British civil servants working in central and local government as well as in the pub sector.

So cops, nurses and doctors could be kitted out with Sammys soon. ®

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