RIM released a press release today stating that the OS BlackBerry OS 6 has been awarded FIPS 140-2 certification. Blackberry devices and now the OS 6 has the highest ranking you can get when it comes to the security and hand held mobile devices. While this doesn’t impact most of us out there it does impact the availability of BlackBerry Devices to government and national security personal.
“FIPS is a U.S. government computer security standard 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.
“This FIPS certification will help extend the reach of BlackBerry 6 to users in a wide range of government agencies and other security-conscious organizations in the U.S.,” said Scott Totzke, Vice President, BlackBerry Security Group at Research In Motion. “BlackBerry 6 offers an exceptional mobile experience for BlackBerry smartphone users on the most secure wireless platform in the industry.”
This will also help in making os6 more widely adopted. If it’s good enough for the President Obama and the US government then it has to be good enough for the rest of us right?