RIM Blackberry 10 Gains US Government Security Clearance

In many ways, RIM’s once mighty BlackBerry brand is now an also-ran in a mobile market that’s dominated by Android and iOS devices, but today’s news bodes well for the Canadian company. RIM announced that its BlackBerry 10 platform has received the prized FIPS 140-2 certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which means that government agencies and enterprises can deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 from the first day of launch.

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“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 in a press release. “What differentiates BlackBerry is that it integrates end-to-end security, and includes certified encryption algorithms for data at rest and data in transit. No other mobile solution has achieved the level of security accreditation that the BlackBerry solution has.”

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RIM employs AES 256-bit encryption on its devices and solutions, and the company says that its products have passed several other independent security assessments from around the globe.