Despite the strong competition and financial woes confronting BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB), the company is trying its best to survive by winning important contracts in the enterprise market.

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BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) first to receive DoD approval

The Canadian smartphone manufacturer recently received the Authority to Operate (ATO) on the Department of Defense (DOD) networks of the United States. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) was the first mobile device management (MDM) provider granted with ATO by the Defense Information System Agency (DISA).

The company said the ATO covers the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. The DISA is currently developing the infrastructure to support the devices.

According to the Canadian smartphone manufacturer, DISA aims to support 10,000 BlackBerry 10 smartphones this fall and additional 30,000 devices by the end of the year on the DoD networks.

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) passes stringent security protocols

Last May, the Q10, Z10, the Playbook tablets powered by the latest operating system of the Canadian smartphone manufacturer passed the rigorous security requirements of the Department of Defense, which has 3 million employees. Currently, 470,000 BlackBerry units are used by the employees of the DoD.

In a statement, Scott Totzke, SVP of BlackBerry Security Group said,  “Being the first smartphones to be supported on U.S. Department of Defense networks further establishes BlackBerry’s proven and validated security model. With foreign entities – governmental and criminal – ramping up attacks on electronic communications and information systems, BlackBerry provides government agencies with a proven partner that follows top-to-bottom security protocols.”

According to the company, the issuance of the ATO showed that the BlackBerry 10 smartphones met the stringent security standards of the DoD, and it is significant in the security certification process.

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) emphasized that its mobile infrastructure offers highly responsive, intelligent and intuitive mobile computing experience and ensures that the corporate and personal information are kept safe and separate on the user’s device.

Last month, the company announced that the Q5, the low price version but similar to the high-end BlackBerry Q10 will be available in Canada on August 16.

The stock price of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) increased by more than 5% to $9.72 per share around 12:34 in the afternoon in New York.