Samsung Galaxy S5 approved for government use

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has been approved for use by the Australian Government.

Samsung’s flagship achieved Common Criteria Certification against the Mobile Device Fundamentals Protection Profile (MDFPP) standard, Samsung has announced.

The approval means that the smartphone has been declared suitable for the protection of Australian Government information at the “UNCLASSIFIED/Dissemination Limiting Marker” (DLM) level.

The MDFPP standard was developed by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) and includes 80 security requirements, including key management, crypto module, device encryption, Wi-Fi security, screen lock and mobile device management (MDM).

The Galaxy S5 is also certified by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

Samsung has recently scored wins with two Australian banks, a move that some analysts have said shows increasing comfort with the security of third-party MDM.

It was reported last month that Westpac will replace BlackBerry with a hybrid of enterprise-provided devices (Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Windows Phone) and choose your own device, with the list of approved CYOD devices including the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note and Apple iPhone.

In May, Bendigo Bank subsidiary Community Telco announced it was exchanging its Apple smartphone fleet for Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones.

Adam Bender covers telco and enterprise tech issues for Computerworld and is the author of dystopian sci-fi novels We, The Watched and Divided We Fall. Follow him on Twitter: @WatchAdam

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