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In the business sector, security has always been a concern but even more so now as businesses are allowing their employees to bring their own devices to work. Samsung who previously announced the Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 as being SAFE compatible, now have the pleasure of being able to say those devices are also FIPS certified.

“Earlier this year, Samsung took a huge step forward in setting a high security standard for smartphones and tablets by launching SAFE. The FIPS certification takes Samsung’s B2B-readiness to an even higher level and ensures our devices are now equipped for use in U.S. government agencies and other regulated industries,” said Tim Wagner, Vice President and General Manager of B2B Sales for Samsung Mobile.

FIPS is a federally issued, U.S. information security standard certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In order for a device to be FIPS certified, it has to meet some pretty hefty guidelines so Samsung getting these devices certified means government agencies and regulated industries, such as financial and health-care institutions can make use of them.

Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1 receive FIPS security certification

SEOUL and LAS VEGAS – Jan. 11, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile device and consumer electronics provider, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, today announced that three devices in Samsung’s high-performance GALAXY line of smartphones and tablets have been granted the Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS) certification. Now government agencies and regulated industries, such as financial and health-care institutions, can utilize the global version of the  GALAXY S® II smartphone, Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 Wi-Fi® edition and 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 with Verizon Wireless to meet their mobile enterprise needs.

FIPS is a federally issued, U.S. information security standard certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to devices which meet strict security and interoperability standards. FIPS helps ensure private and public sector organizations which collect, store, transfer, share and disseminate sensitive but unclassified (SBU) information can make informed purchasing decisions when choosing devices to use in their workplace.

“Samsung proactively sought FIPS certification to show our current and potential government and business customers that we take their security and interoperability needs seriously,” said Cho BumCoo, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Solution Team at Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd . “This certification is a testament to the high level of enterprise business-readiness of our premium smartphones and tablets.”

The GALAXY S II smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 also integrate a range of enterprise solutions that expand the business capabilities of the devices. Samsung Mobile recently unveiled its own SAFE™ (Samsung Approved for Enterprise) certification for Samsung devices configured specifically for enterprise use which meet rigorous security criteria. This includes providing support for Microsoft® Exchange device management policies, mobile device management, on device encryption and Virtual Private Network (VPN) connectivity. The devices also feature productivity enhancement capabilities such as the ability to create and respond to meeting requests, view, edit, and create Microsoft-compatible documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, global address lookup, and more.

“Earlier this year, Samsung took a huge step forward in setting a high security standard for smartphones and tablets by launching SAFE. The FIPS certification takes Samsung’s B2B-readiness to an even higher level and ensures our devices are now equipped for use in U.S. government agencies and other regulated industries,” said Tim Wagner, Vice President and General Manager of B2B Sales for Samsung Mobile. “Devices like the GALAXY S II smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 deliver not only stringent security standards that organizations need, but also provide a premium user experience employees desire.”

The Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb  powered Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tab is one of the thinnest mobile tablets currently available in the world, measuring in at an ultra-slim 8.6 millimeters and featuring a brilliant 10.1-inch  touchscreen display. The GALAXY S II features a cutting-edge design, a brilliant Super AMOLED Plus display, and intuitive user experiences that meet both personal and work life needs. To date, the GALAXY S II has sold more than 10 million units globally, and is one of the top-rated smartphones on the market.

 
There are 3 comments

oversteer325 says:

Having security is great but that still doesn't fix the fact that the Galaxy S II ignores security policies. My company requires device encryption and a minimum of a 4 digit pin code. This works fine on iPhones and Windows Mobile devices but my Galaxy S II ignores the Pin requirment and forces a complex password. This problem was introduced by Samsung in the 2.3.4 update and has persisted through to 2.3.6.

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=6355566b7...

rengek says:

Do you understand anything about FIPS??

Bottom line. DoD (who can spend a looooot of money on electronics) will not consider anything that is not FIPS compliant regardless of how great anything else is. It is an absolute deal breaker. If a horse & buggey is FIPS compliant but the automobile is not, DoD will have to buy the horse.

The fact that iphone has been out 5+ years and is still working on getting FIPS compliance tells me they are having serious issues.

ronhoney says:

Your lead in states "Samsung who previously announced the Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 as being SAFE compatible, now have the pleasure of being able to say those devices are also FIPS certified.", but the article doesn't mention the SGN or the 7.7 Tab....are they or aren't they????????????