BlackBerry Approved for New Cryptography Certification
Published on: 26th Mar 2014
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BlackBerry has announced that it has secured US government security approval for its Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, a multi platform containerization solution managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10).
Considered a critical benchmark for security in government, FIPS validation assures users that a given encryption technology has passed rigorous testing in order to be used to encrypt and secure sensitive information.
With Secure Work Space, BES10 protocols for data-at-rest and data-in-transit are extended to iOS and Android devices. This means data is protected while traversing networks as well as within the walls of the enterprise. Administrators can configure, secure, wipe and interact within the Secure Work Space on a device, while employees can use the device for personal use.
"BlackBerry is considered the most trusted and secure mobile platform and we continue to provide customers with choice and flexibility without compromising security," said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, Security Group at BlackBerry.
FIPS 140-2 is issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to coordinate the requirements and standards for certifying cryptographic modules. In addition to U.S. government recognition, the certification is accepted and supported by the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) for government use.
BlackBerry products and solutions are protected by AES 256-bit encryption, a highly secure, internationally recognized data protection standard. In addition to FIPS certification, BlackBerry 10 smartphones are also approved by NATO for use in classified communications up to the level of "Restricted." Additionally, BlackBerry was the first MDM vendor to achieve "Authority to Operate" on the U.S. Department of Defense's secure networks.