Research in Motion (RIM) recently made an announcement that their BlackBerry devices based on the BlackBerry 7 OS have undergone an independent evaluation by a "third party Common Criteria evaluation" facility.
The outcome is positive as the product met the "security criteria for evaluation assurance level (EAL) 4+".
Common Criteria is a highly respected international standard to validate that products meet specific security requirements. The modus operandi of evaluation is extensive, comprehensive and performed by an independent third party ,which is EAL4+ certified. They examine the design of the product, methods of software development and mechanisms of security.
EAL4+ is under Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) signed by 26 countries and thus considered as the "highest level of accreditation."
Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at RIM, Scott Totzke said, "Security is one of the most important considerations for enterprise customers and we are proud that BlackBerry 7 OS has earned this rigorous certification," as reported (opens in new tab) by Market Watch.
RIM, a market leader in information assurance and compliance, set a new standard for other companies by going through third party independent security testing along with certifications of their very popular BlackBerry products.