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    Default BlackBerry 10 Receives FIPS Security Certification Ahead of Launch

    WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2012) - Research In Motion (RIM) (RIMM)(RIM.TO) today announced that the BlackBerry® 10 platform is now FIPS 140-2 certified. The certification will enable government agencies to deploy BlackBerry® 10 smartphones and BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10, RIM's new mobile enterprise management solution, from the day of launch. This is the first time BlackBerry products have been FIPS certified ahead of launch.
    FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification provides confidence to security-conscious organizations, including U.S. and Canadian government agencies, companies in regulated industries and other organizations dealing with sensitive information, that data stored on smartphones running BlackBerry 10 can be properly secured and encrypted.

    "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 140 is issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to coordinate the requirements and standards for certifying cryptographic modules. The standard was developed through the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP), which certifies products for use by U.S. government agencies and regulated industries that collect, store, transfer, share and disseminate sensitive information. Product certifications under the CMVP are performed in accordance with the requirements of FIPS 140-2. It is supported by the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) for the Canadian government.
    "IDC expects the mobile enterprise security market to experience a high rate of growth from 2012 to 2016," said Stacy Crook, Program Manager for Mobile Enterprise research at IDC. "Maintaining the BlackBerry solution's reputation for security while introducing an enhanced user experience gives BlackBerry 10 the opportunity to be a highly competitive platform in the government, enterprise and consumer sectors."

    BlackBerry products and solutions are protected by best-in-class AES 256-bit encryption, a highly secure, internationally recognized data protection standard. In addition to FIPS certifications, BlackBerry products have continuously passed rigorous security assessments from a variety of other independent organizations around the world. The BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution is the first mobile platform to achieve Common Criteria Certification, a standard recognized by 26 countries, as well as the first to receive approval through the CESG Assisted Product Scheme (CAPS), the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance in the United Kingdom. BlackBerry® 7 smartphones meet Common Criteria security assurance level EAL 4+. The BlackBerry® PlayBook™ is the first FIPS certified tablet for deployment within U.S. federal government agencies and certified for use by the Defence Signals Directorate of the Australian Government.

    "Achieving FIPS certification for an entirely new platform in a very short period of time, and before launch, is quite remarkable and a testament to the dedication of our security team," said David MacFarlane, Director, Security Certifications at RIM. "BlackBerry 10 will deliver security, a superior user experience, the ability to separately manage corporate and personal data on the same device, and ease of manageability for IT managers in an enterprise or government environment."
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    This is BIG news! way to go RIM!
    Clearly RIM is a few steps ahead of where everyone thought they were if BB10 is FIPS certified already.
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    Perhaps we'll see Obama sporting a BB10 device for a little while before launch. Haha. This is indeed big news, but at the same time, not too surprising except the timing of it (months before launch).
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    Great News! That might make those wimps jumping onto government i5's think again.

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    I wonder how/if this can lend its self to carrier testing, clearly the OS has passed some sringent tests already.
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    great news indeed...
    now more governments will probably tie the knot with BB. and more reasons to get better secured apps for my future BB10. wow... can't wait.

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    Yep... It was inevitable...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper37 View Post
    This is BIG news! way to go RIM!
    Clearly RIM is a few steps ahead of where everyone thought they were if BB10 is FIPS certified already.
    The foundation is built! now to consruct the skyscraper...
    Good news indeed. However, the pre-launch FIPS certification is likely only possible due to continual delays in releasing the BlackBerry 10 smartphones. In any event, this bodes well for organizations in the process of deciding whether to migrate their users to BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10.
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    Well, BB is will not be DOA. RIM is taking their OS to the next level. The competition will be coping and playing catchup for a long time. DYOD is great but IT professionals and consumers that what to ensure their data is safe. If future will be mobile payments thus turning a phone into a wallet then the phone better be secure. BB got it in spades and with the videos circulating on BB10 UI, BBis making in easy to choose BB10 as my next device.
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    I don't get this certification. The Playbook is the only tablet that has FIPS certification, but most companies and Government agencies still use the iPad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by koolrosh View Post
    I don't get this certification. The Playbook is the only tablet that has FIPS certification, but most companies and Government agencies still use the iPad.
    The Prez has an Ipad, I dont think he has secure email or other things going through it! Not every gov item has to be secure. but the items that require security can only be sent through a BB or a higher security device! Higher security device would be one not availiable to the general public.
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    great news for BB10 and RIM. Still, None can match.
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    Where did all the naysayers go from that government thread last week?
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    Funny how RIMs BB10 is an entirly new platform and this is the second time with 2 seperate OS that they have acheived FIPS cert, yet the competition cant get it done!!
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    FauXcette and Gloomberg must learn their A-B-C : it wasn't DOA, it was CBA : Certified Before Arrival.
    Spread the word, use your social media. Make this flood the interwebz and then -hopefully - watch the rally.
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    Another market the competition can't touch. The real battle will be with consumers, flashy new products can change things quickly when the rest are old, stale and stagnant. Innovate and adapt or get left behind. Go RIM and MS.
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    BB10's FIPS certification will mean that we can start ordering these devices right at launch. Which means that I can keep my head on my shoulders, after stopping the release of two separate requests for information at my agency when they wanted to explore something away from BB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper37 View Post
    I wonder how/if this can lend its self to carrier testing, clearly the OS has passed some sringent tests already.
    Carrier testing is different....FIPS tests each new platform's security while carrier testing is more of systems acceptance, functional testing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes View Post
    Where did all the naysayers go from that government thread last week?
    You mean those who said that FIPS certification was required for BB10, independent of the Playbook, on its own merit? Right here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper37 View Post
    The Prez has an Ipad, I dont think he has secure email or other things going through it! Not every gov item has to be secure. but the items that require security can only be sent through a BB or a higher security device! Higher security device would be one not availiable to the general public.
    Almost correct....the Sectera is available.

    Have to get approval, but it is available.

    Hideous bulky device, rated at Secret.

    Three levels of approval for mobile transmissions...sensitive, secret, top secret.

    Although approved for Top Secret is in progress, last i remember, in actual practice the dissemination of top secret over mobile is disallowed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by qbnkelt View Post
    You mean those who said that FIPS certification was required for BB10, independent of the Playbook, on its own merit? Right here.

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    no thats not what i mean sorry
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes View Post
    no thats not what i mean sorry
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    Quote Originally Posted by qbnkelt View Post
    Almost correct....the Sectera is available.

    Have to get approval, but it is available.

    Hideous bulky device, rated at Secret.

    Three levels of approval for mobile transmissions...sensitive, secret, top secret.

    Although approved for Top Secret is in progress, last i remember, in actual practice the dissemination of top secret over mobile is disallowed.


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    Would/could RIM make BB10 SECRET? I remember some rumours about it several months ago but surely with the obvious strength of their secruity, I would think that they could get it done. It certainly would take BB to the next level in government circles. I checked out that link and that (Sectera) is a beast of a device...not practical. Wouldn't it be sweet if you could have your secret enabled device for work but still slide in some facebook or heck even crackberry (shameless promotion) while you are between presidential meetings????
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    RIM could invest in pursuing Secret. However, it would mean a branching off from the current consumer and professional/sensitive certifications.

    I don't know if the Sectera Edge has a browser.

    FB and Twitter are not approved in our current devices.


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