BlackBerry announced Monday the launch of BBM Protected, a secure enterprise-messaging tool within its eBBM suite. BlackBerry said the instant messaging app brings a higher level of security to messages sent between its line of smartphones.
The real-time mobile messaging app uses the FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic library, the US government computer security standard used to accredit cryptographic modules.
The app gives the sender and recipient public/private encryption and signing keys, generated on the device by the FIPS 140-2 library. A Triple DES 168-bit BBM scrambling key encrypts messages on the sender's smartphone, and then authenticates and decrypts messages on the recipient's phone.
BlackBerry said the BBM chats can extend beyond enterprise employees to include other companies not operating on the same BES server.
The current release of BBM Protected works on BlackBerry smartphones running BB0S 6.0 or later or BlackBerry 10 in Regulated mode. BlackBerry expects to roll out versions of the app for BlackBerry 10 smartphones using BlackBerry Balance and iOS and Android devices later this year.
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