BlackBerry 10 gets security green light

The latest BlackBerry has been given security check by the Federal Information Processing Standardisation (FIPS) ahead of launch.

 “Achieving FIPS 140-2 certification means that BlackBerry 10 is ready to meet the strict security requirements of government agencies and enterprises at launch,” said Michael K. Brown, Vice President, Security Product Management and Research at RIM, said in a statement.

This early FIPS 140-2 certification approving the security standards of the latest BlackBerry development is viewed as an achievement, giving the operator an edge above its competition.

“No other mobile solution has achieved the level of security accreditation that the BlackBerry solution has,” Brown said.

Not only is this news a boost for the reputation of the BlackBerry brand, but also for its developer Research in Motion (RIM).

The security go-ahead enables government deployment for both the BlackBerry® 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

“BlackBerry 10 will deliver security, a superior user experience, the ability to separately manage corporate and personal data on the same device, and ease of manageability for IT managers in an enterprise or government environment,” David MacFarlane, Director, Security Certifications at RIM, said.

Security aspects are highly important as the IDC predicts main priority in growth rate to be fixed on this aspect, according to Stacy Crook, Program Manager for Mobile Enterprise research at IDC.

The official BlackBerry site advertised the newest addition to the BB family as “better than ever. Blazing browser speed. Amazing social sharing. Updated apps. NFC. New BBM and BBM connected apps”.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which investigates and determines the prerequisites and standards for the certification of cryptographic modules according to the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) issue FIPS 140.

This system ensures products are safe to use for the U.S. government and related or associated industries and agencies that deals with confidential information. The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) for the Canadian government also endorses it.

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