BlackBerry Ltd Wins Approval From U.S. Defense Agency

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BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) announced Wednesday that its Android and iOS device management service has received a significant security clearance from the U.S. Defense Information System Agency (DISA). A year ago, the Canadian smartphone maker ported its BES10 system to other operating systems to earn larger revenue from selling its high-margin service to more diverse clients.

More reasons to trust Blackberry

After receiving DISA clearance, customers will be able to use the Enterprise service from BlackBerry across U.S. Department of Defense agencies for managing, as well as safeguarding the devices that run on Android and Apple’s Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS.

John Sims, the head of BlackBerry’s enterprise arm, said in a statement that approval of the Secure Work Space from STIG confirms that government agencies can depend upon BlackBerry Enterprise 10 for secure mobility, irrespective of the type of device.

Stacy Crook, mobility analyst at IDC, said, “Organizations in the private and public sector should proactively secure sensitive data by ensuring that MOBILITY SOLUTIONS offer the highest level of security.” Crook added that the approval from STIG proves that Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is good for the strict security requirements that are required by many enterprise and government agencies.

BlackBerry users can control their smartphones on their internal network with the help of the Secure Work Space feature, which was launched in 2013 as part of BES10. BlackBerry has now launched the service for rival smartphone makers because its own device popularity is sparse and getting thinner by the day.

BlackBerry meets security standards

BlackBerry’s BES10 is now an authorized solution for all G7 governments, and the company is maintaining its position as a trusted partner across governments of all regions. At present, the company has more than 50 government certifications, and BlackBerry 10 platform is the only mobility solution to earn a Full Operational Capability (FOC) certification to run on DoD networks.

The U.S. Department of Defense has been a strong client of BlackBerry, but last year the organization started to consider Apple as well as Samsung’s line of Android-based Galaxy smartphones, along with the Blackberry 10 devices. The approval of the Security Technical Implementation Guide will fetch greater confidence among government agencies, which are looking for a more open mobile environment that protects data on devices while users are on the go, said BlackBerry.

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