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[ISN] BlackBerry OS Achieves Coveted Government Security Clearance



http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/249140/blackberry_os_achieves_coveted_government_security_clearance.html

By Tony Bradley
PCWorld
Feb 1, 2012

Donât nail the coffin shut on RIM just yet. Following a shakeup of executive leadership, and the launch of BlackBerry Cloud Service and Office 365 integration, RIM announced today that the BlackBerry 7 OS has received FIPS 140-2 certification.

Both the BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 7.1 operating systems have been awarded FIPS 140-2 certification by both the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States, as well as the Communications security Establishment Canada (CSEC) in Canada. The FIPS 140-2 certification is required under the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA), so government agencies and businesses that wish to work with those government agencies need accepted mobile devices.

Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at Research In Motion, proclaims, âWith all of the latest BlackBerry smartphones and the PlayBook tablet certified under the FIPS program, government and security-conscious customers can deploy our entire range of products with confidence.â

FIPS 140-2 isnât the only security accolade RIM has earned either. The BlackBerry 7 OS has also been awarded Common Criteria EAL4+ certification, and the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet received FIPS 140-2 acceptance back in mid-2011.

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