Thursday, February 2, 2012

BlackBerry 7 Smartphones Certified for U.S. and Canadian Governments

BlackBerry 7 and 7.1 OS achieved FIPS 140-2 Certification as announced today. This has been granted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC).

FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 is recognized by the U.S. and Canadian governments and is required under the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA).

All BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 7.1 benefit from this certification, including the BlackBerry Bold 9900, 9930 and 9790, BlackBerry Torch™ 9850, 9860 and 9810, and BlackBerry Curve™ 9350, 9360, 9370 and 9380.

The FIPS 140-2 certification for BlackBerry 7.0 and 7.1 illustrates RIM's continuing commitment to providing industry-leading, secure, mobile computing platforms for our customers...with all of the latest BlackBerry smartphones and the PlayBook tablet certified under the FIPS program, government and security-conscious customers can deploy our entire range of products with confidence,” said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at Research In Motion. 

In addition to FIPS 140-2 certification, the BlackBerry 7 OS certification was also recognized with the Common Criteria EAL4+ certification. The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has also received FIPS 140-2 validation. Check out more info on

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