Microsoft Surface Pro Is The First Brand Running With Windows 10 To Receive Approval From NSA

Feb 15, 2017 07:10 AM EST | Gerone Trish

Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book have recently been given approval by the United States National Security Agency. The brand Surface Pro is the first brand, running with Windows 10, which received the approval to be included in the list of devices which passed the strict cyber security standards of NSA.

The NSA has now included the Microsoft Surface devices to the list of "okay-for-accessing-secure-information" in the U.S. This list is most commonly known for its proper name, Commercial Solutions for Classified Program.

The Commercial Solutions for Classified Program helps the U.S. government workers to perform more efficiently by wielding out-of-date technology. Apparently, the U.S. government has been spending years to build a secure lineup of products before allowing the government workers to use them.

In simpler terms, the list contains products that can be integrated into secure "capability packages." When the user is in a concert, he could just check the list of products to know which has secure capability packages.

The list features Microsoft as the only laptop and desktop OS manufacturer. However, with regard to the mobile devices, the list also includes vendors like Apple, Samsung, Blackberry and LG, the Register reported.

It can be considered a new milestone for Microsoft for being the only OS developer in the list. Also, it can also be considered a new milestone for Microsoft Surface tablets to be included in the list because other devices developed by HP or Dell Technologies, which also run with Windows 10, were not included in the list yet.

In another report, Fortune has noted that the Commercial Solutions for Classified Program regularly evaluates current technologies to verify compliance with the agency's strict requirements for cyber security. The report explained how rigid it is to be included in the list where an agreement must be signed which requires the manufacturer to "fix vulnerabilities in a timely fashion" to meet the high cyber security measures of the government.

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