For the better part of a decade, BlackBerry technology has played a critical role in revolutionizing the working practices of government and public sector customers across the world. The penetration of the BlackBerry solution across this sector is without compare: in the UK, we count Cabinet departments, the central government, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and over half of all UK police forces amongst our valued public sector customers.
Our tried and trusted security has been integral to our ongoing strength in this space. Third-party independent accreditations and certifications back this up:
- BlackBerry 10 was FIPS 140-2 approved in November 2012, two months ahead of the platform’s official launch
- BES 10 and BlackBerry 10 smartphones are approved by NATO for classified communications up to the level of “Restricted”
- The SecuSuite for BlackBerry 10 solution has been approved by the German Procurement Office and Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) for classified communications for the German government. 11 out of 14 German cabinet departments have chosen the SecuSuite for BlackBerry 10 solution
- The BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones with BES 10 were awarded Authority to Operate (ATO) on Department of Defense (DoD) networks. BlackBerry is the first Mobile Device Management provider to obtain an ATO
Of course, the world of mobility is changing and the government and public sector must change too. This week, for the first time ever, the UK government has made publicly available its End-User Devices Security and Configuration Guidance, the definitive document for the use of technology within a public sector environment. This guidance provides recommendations on how to configure and use a wide range of devices and importantly, also summarizes the potential risks involved with the use of these devices.
Greater choice has become a defining characteristic of the enterprise mobility space and these new guidelines are a response to this trend. However, they should not overshadow the ongoing importance of secure mobile communications in a public sector environment. From the outset, we’ve set the standard for enterprise-grade mobile security and in an ever-evolving market, our focus is to maintain and strengthen this position. With this new guidance, BlackBerry 10 in its EMM-Regulated configuration has by far the fewest and least severe risks of any other mobile platform.
What’s more, BES 10 can be used to securely manage BlackBerry, iOS, and Android smartphones and tablets in their recommended configuration, allowing enterprises to provide choice to their individual users, if the enterprise is willing to accept the risks of each individual platform. The likely proliferation of devices and platforms, which these new guidelines will usher in, only reinforces the need for a simple and secure enterprise mobility management platform that can manage a diverse mobile estate. BES 10 is such a solution. It can securely manage and control BlackBerry, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets from one single console. By extending to iOS and Android devices the security and manageability capabilities that have made our technology the mobile solution leader across the UK public sector, we’re confident that we can continue to best meet the changing mobility needs of this market segment.
(As of February 2015, BlackBerry holds 70+ security certifications and approvals from governments.)
You can find more information on the guidance itself here:
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