Security

Blackberry gets good news from an unlikely ally, the U.S. defense department

Las Vegas — Beleagured Blackberry went to Black Hat last week and wanted to talk security.

As in Blackberry security offerings.

The good news? Blackberry announced at the hackfest that its Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, the company’s new security solution, received STIG approval, or Security Technical Implementation Guide approval, by the U.S. Defense Information Agency, which is part of the defense department. To be sure, it’s a small though bright spot against a backdrop of rough news the Canadian firm has endured for the last two years.

Many in Washington DC, and at the Pentagon in particular, still use Blackberry smartphones. The announcement means that defense department employees using Blackberry’s for professional communications can now safely use iOS and Android because they meet stringent safety requirement standards set by the feds.

John Sims, Blackberry’s President of global enterprise, said in a release heralding the DoD approval:

“BlackBerry is the only Enterprise Mobility Management provider that can secure a multi-platform environment based on varying levels of risk and compliance, from meeting the strictest requirements with BlackBerry 10 to providing the most flexibility with support for third-party devices.”

In the short term, this equates to a green light that the DoD trusts Blackberry’s security standards with users sending sensitive data to colleagues from their phones and tablets.

Data transmissions have never been in as much danger of being intercepted than they are today, and with the approval, the feds are sending a crucial message that they trust the Blackberry security offerings for data pushes through channels whose safety cannot be guaranteed.

Ontario-based Blackberry asserts that its smartphones are the preferred platform of choice for G7 government employees. Furthermore, the company has received 50 individual government certifications that Blackberry and its security solutions are up for the challenge of, more or less, sending data over government networks.

In late July, Blackberry also bought Secusmart, a German company whose security offerings protect calls, text and data pushes, for an undisclosed sum. Secusmart recently unveiled a new security solution it promises will help protect phonecalls from eavesdropping.

This upbeat news follows on the heels of a leaked Blackberry memo sent to employees from company brass earlier this month that the period of staff reductions had officially ended.

Good news for President Obama, no doubt, who has been playfully described as addicted to his Blackberry.

 

 

 

 

 

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14 comments
Michael Sylvester
Michael Sylvester

Wow so many fools commenting here. You play with apps on your iToy and think you know something about deploying secure systems globally for the Defense Dept. So many armchair quarterbacks...

Shawn Burk
Shawn Burk

BlackBerry's BB10 is a beautiful new operating system that was created with QNX kernel. (QNX is a Canadian software company that BlackBerry bought a few years ago) QNX is in almost every car on the market and also is in such things as the space shuttle, hospital equipment etc, etc.

Anyone comparing BB10 to BB7 has it wrong. Completely different. Just as any new operating system, it takes a few years to catch on. Judging by the news around the Web lately, BlackBerry is on its way to success. Can't wait for the BlackBerry Passport device this Sept.

Erik Godin
Erik Godin

It's always funny to see ignorant people spouting off their crap :) Any enterprise/mission critical environment puts more importance on having a stable, well known platform in use over a platform with new features. Almost always, the adage "if it ain't broken, don't fix it" applies to those kinds of environments.

Michael L. Plumb
Michael L. Plumb

Right, because the defense department only ever picks winners!

Adam Howell
Adam Howell

Because of course they stay with BlackBerry, can't let Canadian companies fail now either can we? Save all the companies! ( except for any in the US that have revenue lower than 50 million )

Martin Miller
Martin Miller

The president gets all his info from tv anyway...take away his tv

Robert Abraham
Robert Abraham

Why would you keep outdated crap?? Oh wait it's the government.

Michael Dodd
Michael Dodd

Fyi. Bb7 was from 1999, ios 2007, android 2008. Blackberry10 is 2013. Ios and android are outdated. That said blackberry10 supports, android, ios and windows phones. (blackberry 10 devices run android apps also). BlackBerry currently does android better than most android devices.

Mark Falzon
Mark Falzon

It's funny to see comments like that, 99% of ppl who bashing BlackBerry are the ones who never used or seen BlackBerry 10! They are just bashing because they will get support from other people who use either iPhone or Android, which they think they are in the cool group, in translation to that is bullying. Let me tell inform you about one of many great features that BlackBerry 10 have, which no other phones have this feature , the feature is BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry hub contain your emails, text messages, missed calls, voice message, pin messages, bbm messages, what's up messages, applications update notifications, social messages like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more, this hub can be accessed from anywhere on your phone also you compose a message from the hub directly without opening any additional application. In translation if you are using Android, iPhone or even windows phone you will be required to open 5-8 application in order to read and write messages! This called productivity and perfect feature for a social and business consumer!

Shawn Burk
Shawn Burk

Can't get much more ignorant than that. You obviously don't have a clue what you're talking about.