BlackBerry 10 Gets U.S. Government Security Certification

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Research In Motion (RIM) yesterday announced that its soon-to-be-launched BlackBerry 10 platform has received FIPS 140-2 certification.

"It’s the first time that BlackBerrys have been certified for FIPS, or Federal Information Processing Standards, before their commercial debut," writes Businessweek's Hugo Miller. "'It’s a very important tick in the box that the other guys don’t have,' said John Jackson, a mobile platforms analyst at research firm IDC in Boston. 'The sooner they can get a head start in actively engaging these markets with BB10, the better.'"

"The FIPS 140-2 certification signals that U.S. and Canadian government agencies, along with private firms, can deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones as soon as they launch, with a guarantee that data stored on the devices is appropriately secured and encrypted," writes CNET News' Zack Whittaker. "FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification is issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and it's a must for mobile platforms before the U.S. government can use them for sending classified material."

"What differentiates BlackBerry is that it integrates end-to-end security, and includes certified encryption algorithms for data at rest and data in transit," RIM vice president for security product management and research Michael K. Brown said in a statement. "No other mobile solution has achieved the level of security accreditation that the BlackBerry solution has."

"The thumbs-up is important for a number of reasons," writes Geek.com's Lee Mathews. "First and foremost, it shows that RIM retains its laser-like focus on security, which is something that has helped it stay afloat against the rising tide of iPhone and Android. That’s always been a major selling point for BlackBerry, and it could work in RIM’s favor as the NFC payment revolution picks up speed. Second, it means that RIM can start talking to decision-makers in the government agencies where its phones are still deployed about giving the next-gen BlackBerry a close look."

"RIM has said they’re already testing out the new BB10 phones on carriers and still say they plan to release the OS in the coming months," writes redOrbit's Michael Harper. "Those who might still be waiting for a new BlackBerry have likely had their patience run very thin, and with new advancements coming every few months from other phone makers, it’s left to be seen if they can hang on for another 3 to 5 months."

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