Following the Pentagon’s decision to continue using BlackBerry smartphones this year, Research In Motion has just received a security clearance from the U.S. government for its upcoming BlackBerry operating system. The FIPS 140-2 certification has been awarded to RIM’s BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise 10, which means that the U.S. government has approved and endorsed BlackBerry devices running on the new platform to be used by government agencies nationwide. This marks as the first time for RIM to receive such certification for its products ahead of launch. In case you didn’t know, the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) is being used by various organizations that are constantly dealing with sensitive information.
The FIPS 140-2 certification, which was recently awarded RIM, is the minimum criteria required for products used by US government agencies. Still, this is a big win for the BlackBerry maker. “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.”