BlackBerry still on shaky ground, but it continues to secure lucrative security clearances

BlackBerry still on shaky ground, but it continues to secure lucrative security clearances

Summary: BlackBerry's future still looks bleak, even if it's hitting quarterly profit, and analysts are holding their breath. But at least it's securing those important government certifications.

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BlackBerry has secured a key security clearance from the US government for its Android and iOS device management service.

The US Defense Information Systems Agency, which issues security clearances on behalf of the US Department of Defense, means BlackBerry's Enterprise Service (BES) 10 can now be used within the US military.

The mobile device management system not only provides enterprise support for BlackBerry's own devices, but also to Android devices, and iPhones and iPads.

BlackBerry launched the service last year in order to gain a greater slice of the enterprise mobile device management pie, which other companies and mobile makers had failed to develop solutions for or gain traction in.

It came as a surprise to Wall Street analysts at the time, who did not expect BlackBerry to begin supporting other devices. The Ontario, Canada-based firm was at the time going through internal restructuring — leading to the ultimate departure of former chief executive Thorsten Heins in favor of John Chen — as well as a corporate reinvention of its enterprise solutions strategy.

BlackBerry in a statement on Wednesday said it was "validation" that enterprises and government agencies can rely on the company's device management service by receiving the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) approval from the government agency.

"The STIG approval provides additional confidence for government agencies considering a more open mobile environment with a selection of devices and operating systems," the company added.

BlackBerry also said that it was the "chosen" mobile solutions provider for the G7 governments, including the US, the UK, France, and Germany — and others.

The company continues to struggle in the mobile market share ranking, as profits remain significantly lower than in previous years. At the very least, the company at its fiscal first quarter earnings returned to profitability by generating $23 million in net income, compared to a loss of $84 million on the year-ago quarter.

But with a US market share of less than 1 percent, research and statistics firm Kantar said in late July that it would no longer count the ailing BlackBerry platform in its rankings.

That said, wrapping up its restructuring efforts wrapped up on Tuesday, the company noted that it's just as committed to software, services, and enterprise solutions — as well as its mobile devices.

Topics: BlackBerry, Cloud, Enterprise Software, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • No they aren't

    "The company continues to struggle in the mobile market share ranking" no they aren't & it's been stated many times by John Chen that the market share race is no longer a focus. They are getting back to they're roots in enterprise & government so any market share they might/probably gain is a just a plus. Of course the BB bashers will always point out the low market share
    • Not sure what's

      wrong with the quote. BB is struggling in market share, hence their decision to virtually ignore the consumer market and focus on enterprise. The quote would only be invalid if BB stopped selling phones to consumers directly.
      • I understand

        What you mean but I'm failing to understand how they could be struggling with market share when they aren't focused on it at all. Even the new Passport coming soon is directly aimed at enterprise.
    • To your point

      I think the qoute about them struggling with market share is still correct, even if they are seeing some levelling out in emerging markets on that front currently. However, I understand your frustration with the media being like a heard of sheep and repeating the same negative bias article after article. It's been nearly a year now where nothing but positive news has come about for blackberry (after 5 years of horrible news), yet the media is not covering positive news without first repeating some of the negative historical bits.

      This sort of coverage has a real impact on the fortunes of the company and I wish the journalists would cut it out. Oh well
      • You said

        That perfectly, lot of folks forget who made Internet in your pocket realistic & popular. I'm on my 2nd Android phone after years of BB usage. The Passport coming is aimed at enterprise but as a consumer I'm salivating for that phone.