BlackBerry 10 Receives FIPS Security Certification Ahead of

BlackBerry 10 Receives FIPS Security Certification Ahead of Launch 
WATERLOO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/08/12 -- Research In Motion
(RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced that the BlackBerry(R)
10 platform is now FIPS 140-2 certified. The certification will
enable government agencies to deploy BlackBerry(R) 10 smartphones and
BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Service 10, RIM's new mobile enterprise
management solution, from the day of launch. This is the first time
BlackBerry products have been FIPS certified ahead of launch. 
FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification provides
confidence to security-conscious organizations, including U.S. and
Canadian government agencies, companies in regulated industries and
other organizations dealing with sensitive information, that data
stored on smartphones running BlackBerry 10 can be properly secured
and encrypted. 
"Achieving FIPS 140-2 certification means that BlackBerry 10 is ready
to meet the strict security requirements of government agencies and
enterprises at launch," said Michael K. Brown, Vice President,
Security Product Management and Research at RIM. "What differentiates
BlackBerry is that it integrates end-to-end security, and includes
certified encryption algorithms for data at rest and data in transit.
No other mobile solution has achieved the level of security
accreditation that the BlackBerry solution has." 
FIPS 140 is issued by the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) to coordinate the requirements and standards for
certifying cryptographic modules. The standard was developed through
the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP), which certifies
products for use by U.S. government agencies and regulated industries
that collect, store, transfer, share and disseminate sensitive
information. Product certifications under the CMVP are performed in
accordance with the requirements of FIPS 140-2. It is supported by
the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) for the Canadian
"IDC expects the mobile enterprise security market to experience a
high rate of growth from 2012 to 2016," said Stacy Crook, Program
Manager for Mobile Enterprise research at IDC. "Maintaining the
BlackBerry solution's reputation for security while introducing an
enhanced us
er experience gives BlackBerry 10 the opportunity to be a
highly competitive platform in the government, enterprise and
consumer sectors." 
BlackBerry products and solutions are protected by best-in-class AES
256-bit encryption, a highly secure, internationally recognized data
protection standard. In addition to FIPS certifications, BlackBerry
products have continuously passed rigorous security assessments from
a variety of other independent organizations around the world. The
BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Solution is the first mobile platform to
achieve Common Criteria Certification, a standard recognized by 26
countries, as well as the first to receive approval through the CESG
Assisted Product Scheme (CAPS), the National Technical Authority for
Information Assurance in the United Kingdom. BlackBerry(R) 7
smartphones meet Common Criteria security assurance level EAL 4+. The
BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) is the first FIPS certified tablet for
deployment within U.S. federal government agencies and certified for
use by the Defence Signals Directorate of the Australian Government. 
"Achieving FIPS certification for an entirely new platform in a very
short period of time, and before launch, is quite remarkable and a
testament to the dedication of our security team," said David
MacFarlane, Director, Security Certifications at RIM. "BlackBerry 10
will deliver security, a superior user experience, the ability to
separately manage corporate and personal data on the same device, and
ease of manageability for IT managers in an enterprise or government
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