RIM earns US government security certification for BlackBerry 10

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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6 Comments

1. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

B-I-S ! Babybaby ! ! !

2. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Now were is that so called analyst James Faucette?

3. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

LMAO exactly!

4. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

ii cant wait for BlackBerry 10!

5. kapoorsunny

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

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

6. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

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