Samsung Galaxy phones, tablet under review for government use

Galaxy S3, Note II and Note 10.1 to undergo four- to six-month evaluation

The Galaxy S3 and two other Samsung devices could soon be available to government departments in Australia and New Zealand after being accepted by the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) for evaluation.

The DSD has agreed to enter the Galaxy S3 and Note II smartphones and the Note 10.1 tablet into a formal common criteria evaluation as part of the Australasian information security evaluation program.

BAE Systems Detica, the only commercial accredited forensic lab in Australia, will perform the evaluation, which is expected to take four to six months, Samsung said. After the review, government departments in Australia and New Zealand can consider using these Samsung devices to transmit unclassified information as defined by the Australian Government Information Security Manual.

The results of an evaluation in Australia are recognised by the 26 participating Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) members. There are 14 other certificate authorising members including Canada, UK, US, France, Spain, Japan and Malaysia.

“We see this as a way to provide a wider range of choice for our government customers and look forward to bringing the same user experience to our important government customers as we do for our enterprise customers,” said Samsung Electronics Australia director for enterprise and SMB, Andre Obradovic.

“DSD certification requires a rigorous testing process and demands the strictest levels of security standards,” he said. “Being accepted into the DSD evaluation is another step towards confirming Samsung products as highly secure devices that governments and enterprises across Australia can rely on for their mobility needs.”

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