Samsung Devices Achieve Approval from the U.S. Department of Defense

Samsung continues to show its commitment to the U.S. government by developing devices that meet the rigorous security requirements of the federal market

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.--()--Samsung Electronics America, Inc., announced that the Galaxy S9, S8 and Note8 on Android 8.0 Oreo have been added to the Approved Products List (APL) for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). In order to achieve this approval, Samsung worked with several standards bodies to ensure that its devices adhere to the needs of the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), through the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation as set by the Defense Information Security Agency (DISA). In addition to completing the Common Criteria evaluation, Samsung worked with DISA to produce the Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) necessary for deployment within the DoD.

“Samsung is proud to have once again met the government standards of the DoD”

“Samsung is proud to have once again met the government standards of the DoD,” says Chris Balcik, Vice President, Federal Government at Samsung Electronics America. “We are committed to providing secure devices for approved use within the federal market, which is why we include key features like Samsung Knox and biometrics on each device. Well before, and after a device is launched, we work with the government and offer test devices so they can go through a very rigorous certification process and achieve the necessary approvals so the U.S. government can purchase our devices with confidence.”

The process to certify devices requires continuous research and development from Samsung and a close working relationship with the U.S. Government to make the process as seamless as possible. While there are many mobile device makers on the market, only a few goes through this process and even less are approved. Devices must demonstrate compliance with over one hundred unique requirements, ranging from encryption to intrusion detection to key exchange to support for secure network standards. Certification validating Samsung devices and allows federal departments, agencies and other highly regulated industries to use approved devices without having to modify them.

From day-to-day use to tactical devices deployed in combat, APL certification means that the DoD and other agencies will enjoy a wider choice of mobile device in the field, on bases and in offices while increasing flexibility and lowering costs.

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About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., with its Federal Government office in Washington, DC, and Research and Development in Mountain View, CA, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA) is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of today’s technology and providing consumers and organizations with a portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment, Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality, wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video, customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit For the latest Samsung news, please visit and follow us @SamsungNewsUS.


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Samsung Electronics America, Inc., announced that the Galaxy S9, S8 and Note8 on Android 8.0 Oreo have been added to DoD Approved Products List.

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