Three Samsung Devices Accepted by the DSD into Formal Common Criteria Evaluation

May 28, 2013

BAE Systems Detica selected by Samsung to perform an EAL2 evaluation of devices

Sydney, Australia–May 27, 2013–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., announced today that three Samsung mobile devices - the Samsung GALAXY S III, Samsung GALAXY Note II and Samsung GALAXYNote 10.1 (software version 4.1.1) have been accepted by Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) into formal Common Criteria Evaluation as part of the Australasian Information Security Evaluation programme (AISEP).

Samsung has engaged BAE Systems Detica to perform an EAL2 evaluation of these devices. The evaluation is expected to take four to six months. Government departments in Australia and New Zealand can consider using these Samsung devices to transmit unclassified information in line with the Australian Government Information Security Manual.

“We are very pleased to have our products under evaluation by DSD,” said Andre Obradovic, Director for Enterprise and SMB, Samsung Electronics Australia. “We see this as a way to provide a wider range of choice for our government customers and look forward to bringing the same user experience to our important government customers as we do forour enterprise customers.”

“DSD certification requires a rigorous testing process and demands the strictest levels of security standards. Being accepted into the DSD evaluation is another step towards confirming Samsung products as highly secure devices that governments and enterprises across Australia can rely on for their mobility needs,”Obradovic added.

As part of the evaluation BAE Systems Detica will perform a detailed examination of the products based on the Security Target, which is the agreed scope of work for the testing. The design, guidance and Samsung testing will also be assessed. The final component of a Common Criteria evaluation is a vulnerability assessment and penetration test to confirm that the products have no exploitable vulnerabilities in the intended environment.

“BAE Systems Detica was selected by Samsung for its extensive experience, approach and reputation,” explains Richard Watson, Managing Director Asia Pacific and Middle East, BAE Systems Detica. “It was a complex process to have the devices accepted for testing, so it’s great to get the evaluation underway for Samsung.”

The Detica lab has been licensed by the DSD to provide Common Criteria evaluations under the Australasian scheme, and by Cybersecurity Malaysia to provide evaluations under the Malaysian scheme. It has finished over 50 Common Criteria Evaluations across Asia Pacific. The BAE Systems Detica lab is the only commercial accredited forensic lab in Australia. The lab team consists of 20 highly technical and experienced consultants performing the evaluation tasks.

Common Criteria provides assurance that the process of specification, implementation and evaluation of a computer security product has been conducted in a rigorous, standard and repeatable manner at a level that is commensurate with a target environment for use. A Common Criteria Evaluation isa widely accepted method available to governments around the world to confirm the trustworthiness of a product’s security features.

The results of an evaluation in Australia are recognised by the 26 participating Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) members. There are 14 other Certificate Authorising Members including Canada, UK, US, France, Spain, Japan and Malaysia.

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About BAE Systems Detica

BAE Systems Detica delivers information intelligence solutions to government and commercial customers and develops solutions to strengthen national security and resilience.

Detica is part of BAE Systems, a global defence, aerospace and security company with approximately 90,000 employees worldwide.

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Crystal Reinitz
Edelman for Samsung Electronics