Setting the Security Bar: BlackBerry Achieves New Security Certification for its Multi-Platform Mobility Solution


Security image for BizblogBlackBerry has been securing mobile communications to governments and enterprises around the world for more than a decade. The security we provide is unmatched and undeniable. That is why all of the G7 governments and 10 of the 10 largest global corporations use BlackBerry to secure their mobility.

(As of February 2015, BlackBerry holds 70+ security certifications and approvals from governments.)

While many of our customers demand an end-to-end solution that spans the device, management software, services and the secured network, others are attracted to the flexibility of offering their employees device choice. No matter which path their mobility strategy takes, there is one thing that CIOs don’t want to compromise – the security of corporate data.

BlackBerry mobility solutions are designed to meet the highest security demands of regulated industries, such as government, financial and healthcare, as well as more open, flexible environments of smaller organizations or BYOD. All of these various environments can be managed securely by BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10), which provides multi-platform support as well as Secure Work Space, a containerized solution designed to separate work and personal content.

It’s important to note that in designing these features, BlackBerry applied the security principles that we are known for. For example, with Secure Work Space, BlackBerry protocols for data-at-rest and data-in-transit are extended to iOS and Android devices. This means data is protected while traversing the network as well as within the walls of the enterprise. Our multi-platform customers can ensure the integrity of and maintain control over corporate information accessed via a diverse collection of smartphones and tablets.

The security of BlackBerry technology has been validated by a variety of third parties, and this history of achievement continues with our most recent certification – Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 for our Secure Work Space technology. This certification shows the strength of our secure multi-platform mobility portfolio, and will provide many administrators with a stronger sense of confidence as they keep up with demand to manage an array of devices.

For those unfamiliar with FIPS 140-2, it’s a validation 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. In addition to U.S. government recognition, the certification is accepted and supported by the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) for government use.

The announcement of FIPS 140-2 for Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is another example of how BlackBerry is the leading Enterprise Mobility Management provider. We are backed by decades of experience and a heritage of security, and today provide the solutions that any organization needs to be secure in their mobile environments.


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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