Samsung has revealed that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones have been certified by the UK government's Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG).
Previous Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S5, that have the Knox security features built in had already received the certification from CESG, the body responsible for the independent evaluation of IT security in government.
The certification means that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge can now be used by government workers to handle data at the Official level, the security classification given to the majority of information created or processed by the public sector.
More sensitive information is given higher classifications of Secret and Top Secret, which both smartphones are not certified to handle even with the Knox capabilities.
Both of the latest Galaxy handsets feature Knox 2.4, which at a basic level allows employees to segregate work and personal data on the phones.
Data stored in the work area is encrypted and password protected, and can be remotely deleted by IT managers without wiping the personal data.
Dr Injong Rhee, executive vice president of Samsung's Knox Business, IT and Mobile Communications Division, claimed that Samsung devices with Knox are used in public sector organisations across the globe. He touted the CESG certification as a means for Samsung to expand its presence in government organisations.
"CESG's certification of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will help us to go one step further in expanding our relationships with government organisations and large corporate enterprises worldwide, setting a new standard in mobile security," he said.
CESG certification might allow Samsung to push its handsets out to the UK government, but flat budgets and efficiency cuts across the public sector could see government departments unwilling to shell out for the latest Galaxy smartphones.
This is particularly true as 2,000 government staff have already been offered the choice between iPhone 5S, Xperia Z3 and HTC One M8 smartphones.
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