RIM gets US security clearance for Blackberry 10
With the launch of Research in Motion’s major operating system update, BlackBerry 10, just a few days away, the company has been releasing many articles that extol their new OS and also giving the media updates about what has been happening with the OS.
One of the newest updates is seen as quite important. According to RIM, BlackBerry 10 smartphones as well as the company’s Enterprise Service 10 management console has received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 security certification. The certification was awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This is the first time that a BlackBerry product has been given an FIPS certification way ahead of its launch date. The certification would mean that US and Canadian government entities can use BlackBerry devices for their work functions.
RIM is, of course, thrilled by the early certification since it will now have more time to entice government agencies to use BlackBerry devices for their offices. The company has lost a lot of market share because of many companies abandoning BlackBerry in favor of the iPhone or Android smartphones. RIM’s level of security is one of its strongest selling points so a certification like this is definitely welcome news for the company and will understandably be hyped up in order to regain the corporate clients it lost.