GD, Samsung team for secure smartphones

May 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 24 (UPI) -- Commercially sold Samsung smartphones and tablets will feature defense-grade cyber and information security systems under a partnership with General Dynamics.

General Dynamics said Samsung Approved for Enterprise products will also be upgraded with Samsung's Secure Android platform.

"Operating on commercial cell phone networks and in cyberspace on the same device is becoming increasingly hazardous, particularly if you are sharing sensitive information," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. "Combining General Dynamics' expertise in cyber security with Samsung's commercial products creates a new, extremely cost-effective selection of secure mobile devices."

The secure technologies General Dynamics is integrating into the smartphones and tablets are similar to those used to protect information for the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies.

"Samsung is pleased to partner with General Dynamics, a world leader in defense-grade security products," said Injong Rhee, Samsung's vice president, Global Head of Enterprise Strategy and Engineering Groups. "Samsung's new secure platform is equipped with FIPS-certified VPN and on-device encryption, secure separation of work spaces, fortified mobile device management and integrity management features. Together, Samsung and General Dynamics will deliver feature-rich and cost-effective products to this information security-sensitive industry."

The products are expected to be available for purchase by the middle of next year.

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