BlackBerry 7 OS Awarded Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification

By Adam Zeis on 14 Nov 2011 09:28 am EST


RIM's latest BlackBerry 7 operating system has been awarded Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification. The Common Criteria is a standard used internationally for validating specific security requirements for products. We already know that BlackBerry devices and software are among the best (if not the best) in the business when it comes to security, but it's always nice to be recognized for it as well :-)

Press Release

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2011) - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced that BlackBerry® smartphones running on the BlackBerry® 7 Operating System (OS) have been independently evaluated by a third-party Common Criteria evaluation facility and meet the security criteria for evaluation assurance level (EAL) 4+.

The Common Criteria is an international standard for validating that products meet specific security requirements. Widely respected for its extensive and comprehensive evaluation by an independent third party, EAL4+ accreditation examines a product's design, software development methodology, and security mechanisms. EAL4+ is the highest level of accreditation under the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) by 26 countries.

"Security is one of the most important considerations for enterprise customers and we are proud that BlackBerry 7 OS has earned this rigorous certification," said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at RIM. "RIM is renowned as a market leader in the delivery of secure mobile solutions, and this achievement helps to provide our customers globally with continued confidence in deploying BlackBerry solutions throughout their organizations."

As a market leader in the area of information assurance and compliance, RIM is committed to independent, third party security testing and certifications of BlackBerry products. RIM is active in the Cryptographic Module Validation Program in North America, United Kingdom CESG Assisted Product Service (CAPS) and International Common Criteria evaluation scheme. BlackBerry® Enterprise Server has been previously awarded EAL4+ certification and the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution has also been previously approved for storing and transmitting sensitive data by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as government organizations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Austria, Australia and New Zealand.

The EAL4+ certification for the BlackBerry® BoldTM 9900, BlackBerry® TorchTM 9810, BlackBerry® TorchTM 9860 and BlackBerry® CurveTM 9360 smartphones based on BlackBerry 7 OS is posted on the Common Criteria Portal ( EAL4+ certification for other BlackBerry 7 OS smartphones including the BlackBerry Bold 9930, BlackBerry Torch 9850, BlackBerry Curve 9350, BlackBerry Curve 9370 and Porsche Design P'9981 Smartphone from BlackBerry are expected early next year.

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BlackBerry 7 OS Awarded Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification


I am curious to know, do any of the other mobile OSes have equivalent certifications? I had a quick look on the website and could not see any.

Why are these security certifications/recognitions not used as a bigger deal by RIM marketing? I know its a bit of a "boring" fact, but it is a key differentiator that could be spun the correct way to cast doubt over the competing mobile products.

As a person who has recommended and help countless people with their Tech issues, the lesson I've learned is thus:

The average person couldn't care less about details like that. All they want is something that looks good and is perceived as useful. Forget whether or not if it is compared to other devices, or if they can use all of its functions.

they should also give os7 the "JVM error reliability of the year" award. guaranteed to EFF u the EFF up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ha ha +1
So far I haven't come across any JVM errors on my Bold 9900 yet. But a lot of people have.... I sure hope they can fix this a good OS update because I have a feeling that this may have been caused by a RAM (hardware) issue.

Haters say what you want but most others would love to be able to claim this for their devices but they can't.
We have had secure devices from day one with RIM. Yeah, others claim they got security but then get exposed yet again by someone outside the firm.

No need to listen to these turkeys. RIM had 50 million users last year and this year they have 70 million users.

They have angry birds, we have secure, reliable, awesome devices that provide us with choice of form factor and hey we can even swap batteries.

I know I'm happy with my Bold 9930. To each his own.

First I agree with you. I am still in love with my 9930. Usually my honeymoon only lasts a few hours to a few days. I've had mine now since the 4s was announced. Yup I chose this over the 4s.

Lastly, I could not find if any other handset has been provided this type of award. So kudos to RIM.

This is one of the reasons why i will always continue to use blackberry. Most comsumers nowadays are like 10 yrs old. Just dangle a shiny object in front of their face and they will be distracted and buy just about anythning without understanding or caring the inner workings of the device. Its too bad not too many ppl understands Rim priorities when it comes to mobility. I realize Rim is struggling with their devices and os and its a shame, considering they have one of the best asset in the world. They have the best secured platform in the world, and with the increased volitility of the web, it should be considered one of the things to have for mobile device, esp since we relie on it 24/7. Look at what happened at the recent outages with Rim, everyone crying bloody murder when things go down, and yet we consumers blame the very devices and networks we use. We consumers are becoming so demanding and want everything that we forget what kind of stresses we create for the very ppl who provide those conveniences. And here we have Rim trying to provide, and at the very same time protecting our needs gets slammed for what its trying to do.

- from a continuing user of the apple messagepad 2100 ( ironic isnt it )

From someone who used to do Tech Support...Thank you. It is not often you come across people (even on here) who understand that outages happen. Companies don't want to create outages for their users, makes no sense to bring their line down. So seriously thanks.

If the other companies were the ones with that level of security RIM provides it would have been one of the deal breakers for them, and will definitely be promoted everywhere...