BlackBerry 10 granted FIPS government clearance

Ahead of launch, the BlackBerry 10 has received government-graded security certification.

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Research in Motion (RIM) announced today that ahead of its launch, the BlackBerry 10 has been awarded FIPS 140-2 certification.

FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) is a necessary component for agencies who wish to encrypt and keep data exchange secure, and so for security firms, governmental bodies and the enterprise, this certification standard provides peace of mind.

FIPS 140 is issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in order to certify cryptographic modules based on security requirements. In other words, FIPS assures customers that sensitive data is encrypted and secure.

Being awarded the certification ahead of launch date means that agencies including the U.S. and U.K. governments can use the smartphones from the day they are deployed.

This is the first time one of RIM's BlackBerry products has been certified before its offical launch date, and means that the firm wants to hit the ground running and give its latest product range the best possible chance once it enters the competitive smartphone market. More so, the award shows that RIM is not planning to abandon its most attractive strength yet -- a level of encryption and security demanded by security-conscious enterprise users.

Michael K. Brown, Vice President, Security Product Management and Research at RIM said that "No other mobile solution has achieved the level of security accreditation that the BlackBerry solution has." The firm is clearly trying, but it is also necessary to keep in mind that rival firms including Samsung and Google are also stepping up to the plate. Samsung has recently made a push for enterprise customers, and BlackBerrys have been ditched in favor of Google's Android within sectors of the U.S. government.