BlackBerry gets STIG approval from Defense Information Systems Agency

Smartphone vendor BlackBerry today announced that Secure Work Space for iOS and Android has received Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) approval from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is a multi-platform containerization solution managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10).

In addition to BlackBerry 10 smartphones, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) customers can now use iOS and Android smartphones and tablets connected to the BES10 Enterprise Mobility Management solution.

BlackBerry said the STIG approval provides additional confidence for government agencies considering a more open mobile environment with a selection of devices and operating systems.

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BlackBerry has received more than 50 government certifications and the BlackBerry 10 platform remains the only mobility solution to receive the coveted Full Operational Capability (FOC) certification to run on DoD networks.

Stacy Crook, mobility analyst at IDC, said: “The STIG certification serves as an indication that BlackBerry Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is well positioned to meet the strict security requirements that many enterprise and government agencies require.”

The approval solidifies BlackBerry’s security capabilities for the transfer of sensitive data on third-party devices.

With Secure Work Space, BES10 protocols for data-at-rest and data-in-transit are extended to iOS and Android devices, including smartphones and tablets. This means sensitive data remains protected and secure while being transmitted through vulnerable channels.

John Sims, president of Global Enterprise Services, BlackBerry, said: “The STIG approval for Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is another validation that enterprises and government agencies can rely on BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 for secure mobility, no matter which devices they have in the field.”

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