Smartphones running BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 have been approved for enterprise deployment into U.S. and Canadian agencies, Research and Motion announced Thursday.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology issues Federal Information Processing Standard 140 to coordinate the requirements and standards for certifying cryptographic modules.
Blackberry 10 received its FIPS-140 approval ahead of launch and RIM said this means agencies can deploy the platform as soon as it launches.
Blackberry includes certified encryption algorithms for data at rest and data in transit, said Michael Brown, RIM vice president for security product management.
“IDC expects the mobile enterprise security market to experience a high rate of growth from 2012 to 2016,” said Stacy Crook, program manager for mobile enterprise research at IDC. “Maintaining the BlackBerry solution’s reputation for security while introducing an enhanced user experience gives BlackBerry 10 the opportunity to be a highly competitive platform in the government, enterprise and consumer sectors.”
NIST developed the FIPS standards through its Cryptographic Module Validation Program, which certifies products for use by U.S. agencies and regulated industries that collect, store, transfer, share and disseminate sensitive information.