Samsung announced that the company’s selected Galaxy devices with KNOX embedded (see the list) have received Common Criteria (CC) certification, as officially documented by Gossamer Labs of Catonsville, MD. Common Criteria is the international “gold standard” for secure and trusted systems that ensures they satisfy a predefined set of security requirements designed for enterprises.
Common Criteria certification assures that certified devices are independently evaluated and verified to meet fundamental security requirements specified in the Protection Profile. The current CC certification targets the new Mobile Device Fundamentals Protection Profile (MDFPP) of National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) published in October 2013, which addresses the security requirements of mobile devices for use in enterprise.
The components certified in CC form a cryptographic foundation on which more advanced KNOX security features are implemented. This certification validates that enterprises can safely provide their workers access to networks and high-value information assets using CC-certified Galaxy devices with KNOX embedded.
Jim Arnold, Director of Gossamer Security Solutions, commented that “rarely a company can complete an entire Common Criteria evaluation in under four months”. We say, good job, Samsung. Gossamer has over 60 years of experience in product security evaluations, and the Common Criteria certification is, to put it mildly, extremely elaborate.
Moreover, this accomplishment certainly throws the gauntlet to BlackBerry, which considers its competing enterprise security product, BES, a superior solution. Although BB OS 7 and BES 5 obtained a Common Criteria certification in 2007, BB 10 and related software products are yet to "win the gold”.
source: Samsung Mobile