BlackBerry 10 Achieves FIPS Certification


Research In Motion (RIM) announces FIPS 140-2 certification for the BlackBerry 10 platform.

According to the announcement, FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification “provides confidence” to security-conscious organizations and regulated companies that data on smartphones running BlackBerry 10  can be properly secured and encrypted.

This certification in advance of the BlackBerry 10 platform release, which is expected in January 2013, will allow government agencies to deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, RIM’s new mobile enterprise management solution, immediately upon launch. The announcement states that this is the first time BlackBerry products have been FIPS certified ahead of launch.

“IDC expects the mobile enterprise security market to experience a high rate of growth from 2012 to 2016,” said Stacy Crook, Program Manager for Mobile Enterprise research at IDC. “Maintaining the BlackBerry solution’s reputation for security while introducing an enhanced user experience gives BlackBerry 10 the opportunity to be a highly competitive platform in the government, enterprise and consumer sectors.”

BlackBerry products and solutions are protected by AES 256-bit encryption, a highly secure data protection standard.


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