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RIM earns US government security certification for BlackBerry 10

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RIM earns US government security certification for BlackBerry 10
Before the platform is even launched, RIM was able to achieve FIPS certification on its upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system. With that out of the way, agencies within the US government may use BlackBerry 10 hardware as soon as it becomes available early next year.

FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard), publication 140-2 (referred to as FIPS 140-2) is a security standard used to certify cryptographic modules used in computer equipment. It is administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the US, and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in Canada. Without this accreditation, such equipment may not be used by US, Canadian, or other government agencies that recognize the standard.  The standard requires a regimen of testing to ensure the cryptographic modules, and the underlying algorithms, are validated against attempts to exploit weaknesses in the design or in the algorithms themselves.

The certification means that data stored on the equipment can be properly secured and encrypted. RIM’s line of BlackBerry devices used to be the pioneer in this arena, but has since been seeing elements of its anchor customer give up on the platform in favor of iOS. The Department of Defense is drawing up plans to open its infrastructure to accommodate more than the venerable BlackBerry as well.

Fortunately for RIM, having this certification taken care of means one less thing to worry about, and now it can concentrate on ensuring a smooth evaluation as its new platform undergoes carrier testing.  RIM promises that the BlackBerry 10 experience will be a game changer

source: Research in Motion

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posted on 08 Nov 2012, 01:12 1

1. digicon (Posts: 114; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)


B-I-S ! Babybaby ! ! !

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 03:05 5

2. slaggyb (Posts: 183; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Now were is that so called analyst James Faucette?

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 07:54

3. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


LMAO exactly!

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 22:39 1

4. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


ii cant wait for BlackBerry 10!

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 22:43

5. kapoorsunny (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


Come on at least tell us what month BB 10 gonna get launched....."First Quarter contains three moths" LOL

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 23:47

6. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


its a suicide to release a smartphone after new year so its not january, so maybe february or march!

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