DISA approves Android/Samsung Knox platform for enterprise use

The Defense Information Systems Agency has OK’d use of the Android/Samsung Knox platform as part of its 2.0 release of the DOD Mobility Capability.

The implementation authorizes use of Android 4.4 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 on a Mobile Device Management (MDM) system that secures the devices and lets them connect to unclassified Defense Department networks, DISA said.

The Samsung Knox container, which the company introduced last year for enterprise use, adds layers of security and allows access to the baseline set of 19 tested and approved applications in the DOD Mobility Application Store. More applications are to be added at the end of the month.

Knox supports access to DOD Enterprise Email, synched calendar and contacts in a For Official Use Only environment, DISA said. Secure Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, native browser, contacts and device encryption are among the features enabled for Android.

DISA said that mission partners that have completed the mobility on boarding process of their Samsung Knox/Android devices can order the devices.

As the lead agency for the DOD Mobility Program, DISA is gradually rolling out mobile capability, with a goal of eventually allowing access to the Joint Information Environment from any authorized device at any time and from anywhere in the world.

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