Samsung close to mobile-device deal with FBI: sources

Jul 20 2013, 14:57 IST
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Samsung close to mobile-device deal with FBI - sources Samsung close to mobile-device deal with FBI - sources
SummarySamsung Electronics Co Ltd is close to signing a deal to sell its popular line of Galaxy devices.

you are going to tackle security, you kind of have to do it throughout the entire platform. It's not that Samsung doesn't want to - it is that they don't own the operating system so they cannot," said Enderle. "If you're going to sell into government, you have to be able to provide a secure solution and Android isn't it yet."

Enderle and other analysts also say that since Android security is not end-to-end managed by a single entity, this can create more vulnerabilities and prove more costly. The FBI's move to explore other platforms is also garnering some concern in political circles in the United States. U.S. Representative Kenny Marchant of Texas said in a letter to the FBI that he believes the agency ought to use mobile devices that do not rely on disparate technologies that would create additional security vulnerabilities.

"I understand that the FBI may be considering a new solution that is a patchwork of technologies stitched together," Marchant said in the letter, which was obtained by Reuters. "I am concerned that this approach may prove to be more costly than other alternatives."

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