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November 9, 2012

RIM gets US security clearance for BlackBerry 10

The new enterprise management platform has received FIPS 140-2 certification

By CBR Staff Writer

Telecommunications company Research In Motion (RIM) has won security certification from the US government for its new BlackBerry 10 devices ahead of the launch of new smartphone line-up in the first quarter of 2013.

The company said the new enterprise management platform has received FIPS 140-2 certification that would enable government agencies to deploy the new smartphones when they are launched.

BB10 will be much smoother and faster than its existing devices and can manage corporate and personal data separately, claims RIM.

According to the company, BlackBerry products and solutions are protected by AES 256-bit encryption.

RIM vice president of security product management and research Michael Brown said that achieving FIPS 140-2 certification means that BlackBerry 10 is ready to meet the strict security requirements of government agencies and enterprises at launch.

"What differentiates BlackBerry is that it integrates end-to-end security, and includes certified encryption algorithms for data at rest and data in transit," Brown said.

Recently, RIM had opened a new developer tech centre for BlackBerry 10 developers in Slough, UK at its EMEA headquarters.

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Earlier this month, RIM had released the 3G+ version of its Blackerry PlayBook tablet in the UK, after 18 months of its first release in US.

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