BlackBerry first to obtain a coveted U.S. Department of Defense approval

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DISA logoBlackBerry has been a valued and trusted partner to global government agencies and enterprises for more than a decade. And today, we mark yet another milestone in our focus to be the most reliable end-to-end secure communication platform for customers.

We are proud to announce that BlackBerry 10 is the first and only mobility solution to achieve Full Operational Capability (FOC) from the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

Back in August 2013, BlackBerry was the first vendor that DISA awarded Authority to Operate on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) networks.  After receiving this designation, we worked diligently to achieve the final step in DISA’s technology approval process. That effort culminated with FOC. This makes BlackBerry the only vendor to earn FOC, a crucial distinction that highlights our deep heritage in security.

FOC means that users with any BlackBerry 10 smartphone connected with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 can be fully deployed on the DoD secure infrastructure. This approval opens the door for DoD customers to realize the full productivity and security benefits of the BlackBerry 10 platform.

For example, government employees can use BlackBerry Balance technology, which allows users to toggle between work and personal profiles. BlackBerry Balance separates and secures data from personal content, allowing the user to gain secure access to DoD network resources, along with the full benefits of a consumer experience. BlackBerry 10 smartphones are the only DoD-approved devices with this “dual personality” capability.

Mobilizing Governments

Recent reports of vulnerabilities in untested mobile platforms such as KNOX as well as vendors implementing a barely acceptable “Good enough” approach to managing devices show that government agencies risk the security of our nation’s data if using unproven solutions.

Our nation’s most valuable assets, including the mobile communications infrastructure that supports government agencies and our military, must be protected with the best technology available. No other vendor has the same level of trust BlackBerry has by governments and organizations that require the highest levels of security.

Even President Obama has stated publicly that his security team would not allow him to use any mobile platform other than BlackBerry.

As FOC further demonstrates, BlackBerry stands ready to help government agencies ensure that our nation’s most sensitive mobile communications remain secure and protected from intrusion or compromise.

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About Ali Rehman

@AliRehman81 is the Enterprise Social Marketing Manager at BlackBerry. He is involved in managing social media program for the B2B community. Also focusing on developing engagement and awareness across various social properties. Outside of work he is a massive aviation fan and big supporter of the 'Blue Angels (USN)' aerobatics team.

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