Android phones OK with Department of Defense for top-secret information

Android Security

If you have seen one of Samsung’s recent zombie unicorn commercials for their Samsung Galaxy Note II, you may have noted the references to their SAFE standard for device security. Ensuring security on mobile devices is not just for enterprises that don’t want their latest game to leak to the public. Security issues take on a much more important role at the U.S. Department of Defense where top-secret information flows within the walls of the agency. It appears the Department of Defense is on the verge of changing a policy that limited secure mobile device approval to Blackberry devices and will open the door to some Android devices.

According to reports, the door will not be opened to just any Android device. Instead, the Department of Defense is screening the devices that will be allowed with only top-tier devices appearing to make the cut. This is good news for Android device manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, and Motorola and should encourage them to continue their efforts to implement strong, secure standards on their devices.

Currently, the majority of mobile devices deployed by the Department of Defense are from Blackberry. However, the Department has been testing both Android and iOS devices to ensure soldiers and civilian staff have the latest and greatest technology available to them. Needless to say, this door opening is bad news for Blackberry as they struggle to stay alive in the market.

source: Phandroid

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.