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Blackberry Wins U.S. Security Clearance for New Services

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Published on : Aug 07, 2014

The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) granted security clearance to Blackberry Ltd for its iOS and Android device management service. The U.S Department of Defense will now allow Blackberry’s services to be used within its agency network. The phone maker has been awarded the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) approval, announcing its acceptance into government agencies.

The security clearance can prove fruitful for Blackberry, who after its weakening hold over the global consumer market, looks to mobile security for enterprise costumers. Blackberry has shown intentions of staying in the mobile market and is trying to regain profitability through avenues in mobile security.

Current competitors in the mobile security field include Airwatch, MobileIron Inc., International Business Machines Corp., and Citrix Systems Inc.

Called Secure Work Space, the new feature by Blackberry, allows its clients to control an internal mobile phone network. It gives them an improved method of monitoring all phones linked to their network. The service will be handled through Blackberry Enterprise Service 10, a back-end system in use by the company since early 2013. DISA’s approval indicates a growing need for government agencies to look for secure open mobile environments.

John Sims, the head of Enterprise Businesses at Blackberry, said that the approval signifies their reliability in terms of network security, and can safely be used by government agencies. He also said that it will not matter whether a user owns a Blackberry phone or not; the service can be used for any of the iOS and Android phones.

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