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Research In Motion (RIM) said on Thursday, November 8, it has been awarded a security clearance from the U.S. government for the launch of its BlackBerry 10 devices in the first quarter of next year.
RIM said its BlackBerry 10 operating system obtained FIPS 140-2 certification, which validates the deployment of the devices and its accompanying enterprise management platform shortly after these are launched.
The Canadian smartphone maker said the decision is a first for any BlackBerry product to receive FIPS certification way before its launch.
“Achieving FIPS certification for an entirely new platform in a very short period of time, and before launch, is quite remarkable,” said David MacFarlane, head of security certifications, RIM.
FIPS certification is one of the minimum standard requirements given by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to products used by U.S. government agencies and regulated industries that collect, store, transfer, share and disseminate sensitive information.
The certificate of approval from NIST helps boost the confidence of organizations that prioritize security, including some of RIM’s top clients like U.S. and Canadian government agencies. FIPS guarantees that data stored on BlackBerry 10 smartphones are secure and encrypted.
RIM pitches its BlackBerry 10 operating system to provide a better user experience and management of data – both company and personal – on the same device.
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