Samsung wants to ramp up mobile security, hires former US Department of Defense CIO

Samsung wants to ramp up mobile security, hires former US Department of Defense CIO

Terry Halvorsen, former Chief Information Officer at the US Department of Defense, has been appointed as an executive vice president at Samsung's mobile division, the tech giant reported today.

Halvorsen, who only retired from his DoD position this February, will likely provide support for the expansion of Samsung's presence in the network security segment in Europe and the US. According to one industry source, he will also serve as an "advisor to Shin Jong-kyun, CEO of Samsung’s IT and Mobile Communication division”.

Terry Halvorsen

Terry Halvorsen


Before serving as CIO at the Department of Defence, Halvorsen held the same position at the Department of the Navy. As Sammie has been trying to secure partnerships with major government and military institutions around the globe, this appointment will undoubtedly pave the way for new tie-ups. 

The tech giant has been developing and introducing various software security measures in many of its newer phones, the most prominent of which is KNOX - a container system that features a number of secure enterprise-related apps including a browser, contacts, e-mail, and others. It has supplied the Department of Defence with its signature Galaxy smartphones fitted with the KNOX security solution since 2014. As a result of this hiring, we can expect Samsung to produce safer and more impervious devices in the future. 

source: The Investor

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10 Comments

1. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Samsung's getting really serious about mobile security.... Good job Sammy

7. combatmedic870

Posts: 983; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

RIP UNLOCKABLE BOOTLOADERS FOREVER.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Oh sure the US Government. The government which is guilty of information surveillance and breach in privacy. And you want that man to build your mobile "security"? Just as the same time Bixby has the command and power of all your data in your phone; calls, texts, history, credit card info, location, even your camera. I don't want to own future Samsung devices anymore.

3. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Great! Now you can finally go enjoy your devices without worrying about Samsung, for good.

4. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

wow. i guess you should go back to the nokia 3310, they cant hack thoseee~~

6. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

You gave up your email information to sign up here and post, btw PhoneArena has the worst ads of any website I've seen to date.

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its a spam email address. What info would they get?

5. MattPerkins1

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 25, 2017

If they want to improve mobile security they should start by providing updates quicker and for longer period of time. Right now they provide updates very late and not even at the same time on all carriers or countries leaving users vulnerable. Their phones do not get updates after 2 years so it become useless.

8. combatmedic870

Posts: 983; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Most people update every 2 years. Not everyone. But most.

10. mikehunta727 unregistered

Good move, because Tizen is the complete opposite at the moment, Tizen is ridden with vulnerabilities and is not secure at all at the moment

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