BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry OS 7.1 Smartphones Awarded FIPS 140-2 Certification for U.S. and Canadian Government Use

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Last year, you’ll remember we announced that the BlackBerry® 7 OS received an important security validation with a Common Criteria EAL4+ certification. In addition, we wrote that the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet was the first tablet ever to receive FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 certification. And now, Research In Motion® (RIM®) just received some more great news – BlackBerry® smartphones running on the new BlackBerry® 7 OS and BlackBerry® 7.1 OS have been awarded FIPS 140-2 certification.

All devices that utilize BlackBerry® 7 OS and BlackBerry® 7.1 OS are currently FIPS validated including the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900, 9930 and 9790, BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860 and 9810, and BlackBerry® Curve™ 9360 and 9380 smartphones. FIPS 140-2 provides a standard that will be used by Federal agencies of the US and Canadian governments when these organizations specify that cryptographic-based security systems are to be used to provide protection for sensitive information. Modules validated as conforming to FIPS 140-2 are typically accepted by Federal agencies of both countries for the protection of sensitive information.

Research In Motion has a track record of meeting (and surpassing) government guidelines for secure mobile solutions. Our government customers know just how important a FIPS 140-2 certification is in their ability to deploy security-conscious mobile solutions, and RIM has been at the forefront. Awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) as part of the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP), the FIPS 140-2 certificate gives security-conscious customers more confidence in knowing that their data and sensitive information is encrypted and protected in a manner consistent with this standard. By regulation and policy, products that are not FIPS-certified often cannot be purchased for use by the U.S. and Canadian governments.

Check out the press release, learn more about BlackBerry security, and find out more about the latest features of BlackBerry 7 OS and BlackBerry 7.1 OS smartphones to stay informed!

Is security a concern for your organization? What measures have been taken to protect corporate and sensitive data? Share in the comments.

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About Luke Reimer

@Luke_Reimer is an Enterprise Marketing Manager at BlackBerry helping to design, launch, and manage enterprise marketing programs - particularly concerning content across digital mediums. Beyond spreading BlackBerry goodness in enterprise communities, you can find Luke cooking up a storm, out on his motorcycle (when Canadian weather allows), or digging into a good science fiction book.

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