Microsoft Windows Phone 8 granted government security standard

Microsoft Windows Phone 8 granted government security standard

Summary: Will government security accreditation increase the adoption rates of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8?

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Microsoft has announced that Windows Phone 8 has received a key government accreditation called FIPS 140-2.

On Wednesday, Robert Hoover wrote on the official Windows Phone blog that Windows Phone 8 has reached an "important new security milestone" which could make the platform a prospect for governments and organizations that require high security and encryption on their networks and communication platforms.

The U.S. government has granted the platform the FIPS 140-2 (.pdf) security accreditation. FIPS 140-2 is used to scrutinize and assign a level of security to devices including tablets and smartphones which use cryptographic algorithms to protect sensitive data stored within.

In total, Windows Phone 8 has received FIPS 140-2 validation for nine cryptographic certificates. The full list of Windows 8 Phone accredited certificates are below:

The accreditation was awarded by the Cryptographic Module Validation Program. In addition to the announcement, Microsoft has also updated its Windows Phone 8 Security Guide to cover policy and EAS firewall settings.

The certification may further boost the adoption of the Windows Phone in the enterprise sphere, not only in the U.S. but globally -- as the FIPS 140-2 accreditation is widely accepted as a security endorsement. In addition, corporations that advocate a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy may be happier to accept platforms with government-backed security validation. However, competition still reigns as Apple's iOS devices and other manufacturers also have such certificates.

In January, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) signed a three-year licensing agreement with Microsoft reseller Insight Public Sector to bring Windows enterprise products to 75 percent of all DoD personnel.

Topics: Microsoft, Security

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  • Still Hopelessly Insecure in Real Life

    Well, WP8 doesn't meet my security accreditation standards! No VPN or SSH Tunnel client, impossible to guarantee secure communications from public wi-fi hotspots.
    AdrianK_IT
    • Yikes,

      not sure I'd want to work from a phone. A 4.5" display simply doesn't work for efficiency.
      Rob.sharp
  • welcome to where

    Blackberry has already been for years!
    Mac_PC_FenceSitter
    • Except...

      Blackberry is not a player anymore unfortunatly...
      DJK2
      • BlackBerry is DOD Certified

        And many government employees are required to use them.
        bb_apptix
        • but

          Have you been paying attention to Blackberry's fortunes lately? Things change.
          Texrat
  • And long live Big Google, too

    Events of the last year have made me appreciate just how far and how fast I should run away from anything sporting a "government security standard." What does that really mean, that the NSA can hear my phone calls even when I'm riding the Metro?
    Robert Hahn
    • Security

      I've got a flash for you...all cell phones are subject NSA reception. What this article reveals is Windows Phone is more secure than it's competitors.
      nztjbv116
  • Secure for who?

    With the NSA building back doors into security software, I suppose the "government" can certify that this phone is secure (from everyone except us).
    Roger Ramjet
    • It meets the same gubmnet security as every other gubment approved device

      They all have the same NSA door. Watcha gonna do? Yes it's in Linux too, silly wabbits.
      greywolf7
    • Secure From Us

      Being secure from everyone around me is a good thing. Nobody is secure from the NSA.
      nztjbv116
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8 granted government security standard

    Now the government will start placing large orders for Microsoft Windows Phones. Its market share just keeps growing.
    Loverock-Davidson
    • Amazing

      I thought your beloved BSD is the most secure OS. And Windows phone share can ONLY grow - or dissappear.
      Roger Ramjet
  • FIPS Certification Means NSA Has Vlidated Its Backdoor Entry

    NSA helped the US government to develop "encryption standards" that they knew they could crack or create a backdoor to.

    If the NSA has a backdoor it will not be long before hackers gain access.

    Perhaps it would be better to use an encryption method that is not certified by the US government as it is less likely to have a back door.
    z_saberman
    • Big bother

      The methods are secure - it's the implementation in software that has the backdoors.
      Roger Ramjet
  • Stamp

    NSA approved.
    Alan Smithie
    • Stamp

      Yes, same NSA approved stamp as your beloved iPhone.
      joneda1