BlackBerry has now announced they have become the first major mobile vendor to receive the new Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) certification from the UK Government. Additionally, BlackBerry has announced they are now an accredited certifying body for Cyber Essentials Plus, with the certification being offered through BlackBerry Cybersecurity Services.

Today I'm proud to announce that BlackBerry has become the first major mobile vendor to receive the new Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) certification from the UK Government. The base Cyber Essentials certification covers a wide range of security processes, including account management, firewall configuration, device configuration, backup processes and other security-related configurations. In order to obtain Cyber Essentials Plus, a qualified and authorized external tester needs to perform additional tests and checks within the organization, including an internal scan of the network, verification of account security for both standard users and administrative accounts, testing for defenses against malicious software installation via email and web browsing.

I'm also happy to announce that BlackBerry is now an accredited certifying body for Cyber Essentials Plus, meaning that we can help your business obtain its own Cyber Essentials certification. We've already helped government departments, product suppliers, manufacturers and administrative organizations achieve Cyber Essentials accreditation, and we're excited to continue to help our customers and industry partners improve their cybersecurity programs. For more information, visit http://www.blackberry.com/cybersecurity.

As cyber security becomes more and more of a concern, the UK Ministry of Defense is mandating that its supply chain be Cyber Essentials certified for sensitive projects. BlackBerry leads the industry in secure military and government communications, and the Cyber Essentials certification gives BlackBerry yet another competitive advantage over other embedded software platform vendors. With now over 80 certifications and validations, BlackBerry continues to widen the gap as the world's most trusted and secure mobile software platform.

With cyber attacks on the rise and costing businesses more and more each year, BlackBerry being in the Cybersecurity services business makes sense and these latest certifications and accreditations will only further expand their reach within that space. It's yet another portion of BlackBerry that often gets overlooked by all the conversation surrounding the handset business.

Read more via the Inside BlackBerry blog