Today the Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) announced through a press release that it had received the necessary security clearance sss to ensure that government employees are able to use BlackBerry’s enterprise software for iOS and Android on tablets and smartphones.
The importance of certification for BlackBerry
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)’s Secure Work Space ensures that personal apps and content are kept away from the professional need for secure email, calendars, contacts, memos, tasks, and web browsing. Secure Work Space ensures the encryption of the professional aspects of your phone in “Bring your own device” work environments.
“BlackBerry is considered the most trusted and secure mobile platform and we continue to provide customers with choice and flexibility without compromising security,” said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, Security Group at BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB). “The FIPS 140-2 validation for Secure Work Space for iOS and Android demonstrates the multi-platform security capabilities that BlackBerry delivers for customers, helping governments and enterprises alike to deploy third-party devices with more confidence and less risk.”
FIPS 140-2 validation is of key importance to BlackBerry as it looks to hold on to its larger customers who allow employees to connect their personal devices to corporate and government networks. Both Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930), which BlackBerry has lost serious ground to over the years, have FIPS 140-2 certification.
High level clearance
“Organizations, in both the public and private sectors, must take the necessary steps to protect sensitive data and ensure that their mobile solutions offer the highest level of security,” said Ben Hoffman, mobility analyst at IDC. “FIPS 140-2 certification indicates that BlackBerry is meeting the strict security requirements that many enterprise customers require.”
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) was the first MDM vendor to achieve “Authority to Operate” on the U.S. Department of Defense’s secure networks. Its products and solutions are protected by best-in-class AES 256-bit encryption and have become the preferred products by NATO, Interpol, and other high profile, security-conscious organizations.