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The Samsung Knox for Android platform must be configured to implement the management setting: disable Google backup.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-56089 KNOX-35-022000 SV-70343r1_rule Medium
A cloud backup feature may gather a user's information, such as PII, or sensitive documents. With this feature enabled, sensitive information will be backed up to the manufacturer's servers and database. This data is stored at a location that has unauthorized employees accessing this data. This data is stored on a server that has a location unknown to the DoD. Disabling this feature mitigates the risk of a backup feature that stores sensitive data on a server that has the potential to be located in a country other than the United States. SFR ID: FMT_SMF.1.1 #42
Samsung Android (with Knox 2.x) STIG 2016-02-25


Check Text ( C-56659r1_chk )
This validation procedure is performed on both the MDM Administration Console and the Samsung Knox for Android device.

Check whether the appropriate setting is configured on the MDM Administration Console:
1. Ask the MDM administrator to display the "Allow Google Backup" settings in the "Android Restrictions" rule.
2. Verify the setting is disabled.

On the Samsung Knox for Android device:
1. Open the device settings.
2. Select "Backup and reset".
3. Verify "Back up my data" is disabled and cannot be enabled.

If the "Allow Google Backup" setting is enabled, or if the user is able to enable the setting on the device, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-60967r1_fix)
Configure the mobile device to disable backups to Google servers.

On the MDM Administration Console, disable the "Allow Google backup" setting in the "Android Restrictions" rule.