Samsung and FBI close to deal on Galaxy phones for the G-men; new deal would replace BlackBerry units
It isn't clear if Samsung will be replacing all BlackBerry units now used by the FBI, or whether some 'Berry phones will remain in use. The FBI did not offer a comment. Another published report late Thursday said that Samsung was working on a similar, albeit smaller deal with the U.S. Navy.
Samsung has developed a layer of software that runs on top of Android that allows certain business-style applications to run securely. But according to Rob Enderle, principal analyst with Enderle Group, despite the use of the Samsung Knox software, Android is not a secure system. In a letter to the FBI, U.S. Representative Kenny Marchant of Texas said he was concerned about the FBI using Android with Knox on top. In his letter, the Representative said, "I understand that the FBI may be considering a new solution that is a patchwork of technologies stitched together. I am concerned that this approach may prove to be more costly than other alternatives." In May, the Samsung Galaxy S4 received Defense Department security approval, something also received by BlackBerry 10.
1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5527; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Just the latest (in a long line of) example of how BB/RIM lost their franchise. The security market has moved on - way beyond BB.
2. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)
dont like samsung too much but atleast they are providing some sort of security in their version of android
3. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Why not use BBZ10 ?
5. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6116; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Nothing is a secure phone people.
9. JC557 (Posts: 834; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
And if they want corporate level encryption maybe they should seek out Motorola/ Google considering how hardened the previous Motorola handsets have been.
6. phyxius (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 May 2013)
I love Samsung, but the Android is not secure enough like Apple; when it comes to National Security maybe this should be reconsidered.
8. joey_sfb (Posts: 2502; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
oxymoron phyxius.. android is open source so the FBI could check under the hood for spy codes then add custom codes for extra layers of security.
7. PAPINYC (Posts: 2177; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Ha, I'd like to get my hands on the latest Samsung Galaxy "G"!!
11. jameshoe (unregistered)
No way, I hack Sammy device as easy as jailbreak
12. networkdood (Posts: 6244; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Just an FYI, these phones will not be your normal everyday Androids. As for secure, the analyst is full of b.s., as with it being open source, the gov't will have a different version of the Android OS, specifically made.
14. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 154; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
Now they won't be able to concentrate on the important work... They'll be staring at that beautiful screen all day...