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BlackBerry gets governmental certification for iOS and Android enterprise service

BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 has received the big thumbs up from the US government that will allow it to offer its new iOS and Android based Secure Work Space to enterprise organisations.

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A release from the firm stated that the Secure Work Space for iOS and Android has received the Federal Information Processing Standard [FIPS] 140-2 certification that ensures it has the level of encryption that is needed to encrypt and secure sensitive information.

“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. “The FIPS 140-2 validation for Secure Work Space for iOS and Android demonstrates the multi-platform security capabilities that BlackBerry delivers for customers, helping governments and enterprises alike to deploy third-party devices with more confidence and less risk.”

The certification will give US and Canadian government agencies peace of mind when confidentially deploying the Secure Work Space on mobile devices in order to separate corporate data from personal content.

It’s a boost to BlackBerry’s efforts in covering the transfer of sensitive data on third party devices and covers Android and iOS tablets and smartphones. BES10 protects data when traversing networks as well as inside the physical walls of the enterprise. Administrators are able to secure, wipe and interact with Secure Work Space on any device, even if the employee is using is for personal means.

FIP 140-2 is issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] and it uses the certification to manage the requirements and standards for certifying cryptographic modules.

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BlackBerry has long been one of the big players in the governmental enterprise space and to this end it unveiled a new mobile messaging solution based on its BBM service at MWC 2014 in February that is fully secured for enterprise use.