BlackBerry 10 earns FIPS security certification

Research In MotionResearch In Motion today announced that its upcoming BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system has received its FIPS 140-2 security certification. Many Canadian and U.S. government agencies require this level of security to deal with sensitive and confidential documents.

“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. “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.”

FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) is a standard that ensures that sensitive information is appropriately secured and encrypted during transfer and storage.

It remains to be seen what government agencies and departments will adopt BlackBerry 10 devices when they are released. Many have recently begun shifting to other platforms

It is the first time that a BlackBerry product has been FIPS certified prior to its launch.

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