Samsung Galaxy S5 Approved for Australian Government Use

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By Athena Yenko | July 11, 2014 4:35 PM EST

The Samsung Galaxy S5 passes all 80 requirements stated in Australia's Mobile Device Fundamentals Protection (MDFPP) including key management, crypto module, device encryption, Wi-Fi security, screen lock and mobile device management (MDM).

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Students walk out of Samsung Electronics' headquarters in Seoul July 7, 2014. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said operating profit likely fell 24.5 percent in April-June, its lowest in two years due to slowing growth in the company's cash cow smartphone business and the strength of the South Korean won.

This only goes to show that Samsung galaxy S5 will be the official mobile phones to be distributed to employees of the government after achieving Common Criteria Certification needed to pass MDFPP standard. The MDFPP standard was developed by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP).

As approved by the Australian government, it means that the S5 could secure Unclassified/Dissemination Limiting MarKer (DLM) information of the government.

Samsung's flagship phone also acquired certification from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

In May, Community Telco Australia (CTA) dropped Apple for Samsung devices, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank announced. Staff had begun exchanging their Apple devices to Samsung Galaxy S5 around this time.

CTA and Samsung also entered a long-term partnership as Samsung will develop and power CTA's mobile banking and payment methods. Under a memorandum of understanding, Samsung shall allow CTA access to its technology while CTA will play as testing ground for Samsung's future products and service.

"Our Bank has its sights firmly set on being Australia's leading customer-connected bank, and partnerships like this will help us get there," Bendigo and Adelaide Bank managing director Mike Hirst said in a statement obtained by Computerworld.

Meanwhile, Samsung just recently announced a 24 per cent slump to its 2nd Quarter due to poor Samsung Galaxy S5 inventory.

Analysts were quick to criticise Samsung for its overconfidence for its smartphones that it spent money on lavish advertising and marketing schemes.

"This poor inventory management is not worthy of the Samsung name," Daniel Kim at Macquarie said.

Kim went on saying that Samsung had misread the market and now shall face a more radical challenge as Apple is reportedly launching larger-screen version of its iPhone in September.

"Other cellphone companies are not having this inventory issue. The sales fell short of expectations. It's not like Samsung's shipment growth is slowing in line with the market - it's more drastically slowing down," Peter Yu, an analyst at BNP Paribas said.

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Students walk out of Samsung Electronics' headquarters in Seoul July 7, 2014. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said operating profit likely fell 24.5 percent in April-June, its lowest in two years due to slowing growth in the company's cash cow smartphone business and the strength of the South Korean won.
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