Samsung Galaxy tablets, smartphone get federal security approval

The FIPS 140-2 security rating opens up the devices for use in government applications

Samsung has just received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 standard approval for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi, the 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Verizon, and the global version of the Galaxy S II smartphone.

FIPS is a U.S. government standard certified through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The FIPS 140-2 standard treats a certified device or application as a cryptographic module, and a FIPS certification means the modules meet strict security and interoperability standards. FIPS certification is required for many branches of the government and its contractors, as well as for private industries that collect and transmit "sensitive but unclassified" (SBU) information.

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This now means that U.S. government employees who require FIPS-enabled tablets to operate have another option besides BlackBerry PlayBooks, previously the only tablet on the market with FIPS approval: the superior Galaxy Tab. It will also allow the same employees and contractors to finally ditch their BlackBerrys for a Samsung Galaxy S II.

Apple's iPhone and iPad do not have FIPS approval, although Apple submitted its devices to NIST for validation about a year ago; NIST reported earlier this week that its testing continues on those devices.

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