DISA approved Android devices with the Samsung Knox platform, such as the Galaxy S4, for use on DoD networks. ()
The Defense Information Systems Agency, which leads Defense Department mobility, officially gave the Android/Samsung Knox platform the green light for use on unclassified DoD networks, according to a May 14 release from the agency.
The announcement means DISA has implemented its 2.0 release for the Android/Samsung Knox capability as part of its departmentwide mobile device management program. The move is part of an incremental, agile rollout being carried out in 90-day spirals, an approach that “provides enhanced and assured mobile capability to the warfighter, while ensuring the agency methodically addresses the complexities involved in integrating a secure interface with DoD networks.”
DoD users can use approved Android operating system 4.4 on the Samsung Galaxy S4 to access Pentagon networks, including features such as defense enterprise email, synced calendar and contacts. The approval is for use in a For Official Use Only environment. Users also can access the DoD Mobility Application Store, which offers a baseline set of 19 apps and is set for more by the end of this month.
The latest approval has been in the works for months, according to John Hickey, DISA program manager for DoD mobility.
“Some of it was how do you get Knox, how do you go through the security, how do you update the [security technical implementation guide] – all of that stuff has happened over the last couple months. How do you procure it? Because there’s a fee for it,” Hickey said. “So those are all things we’ve worked through.”
BlackBerry 10 was cleared for use on DoD networks in late March.