Research in Motion has won key government security certification for its BlackBerry 10 OS months ahead of its launch, allowing the smartphone to be used in secure government workplaces.
The FIPS 140-2 certification signals that U.S. and Canadian government agencies, along with private firms, can deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones as soon as they launch, with a guarantee that data stored on the devices is appropriately secured and encrypted.
FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification is issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and it’s a must for Cell phone platforms before the U.S. government can use them for sending classified material.
RIM vice president of security product management Michael K. Brown said in a statement:
“Achieving FIPS 140-2 certification means that BlackBerry 10 is ready to meet the strict security requirements of government agencies and enterprises at launch.”