BlackBerry earns two Govie Awards for outstanding security

By Bla1ze on 3 May 2014 06:00 pm EDT

When it comes to security, BlackBerry holds no punches in telling folks they're leaders in the field. For over 20 years now, security has been a core feature of their offerings and that's never going to change. Rather than BlackBerry stating it and expecting folks to just believe it though, they now have a few awards to refer to in case there's any doubt. As noted on the Inside BlackBerry Business Blog:

This week, Security Products magazine – a media outlet for security professionals – recognized BlackBerry's strength and expertise in providing secure mobile solutions for the public sector with two Govies Government Security Awards. BlackBerry was honored in the categories of Data Security and Access Control for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) and Secure Work Space for iOS and Android respectively.

The Govies honor companies for providing outstanding security products and solutions to federal, state and local governments in categories critical to security executives and decision makers. BlackBerry has been in the business of protecting governments' mobile communications for more than a decade, and these awards showcase our ability to meet the demands of organizations with the highest security demands. We take great pride in the fact that the public sector trusts us for secure mobile technology – including all seven of the G7 governments and 10 out of 10 of the largest global enterprises in each of the pharmaceutical, law firm and automotive industries.

The awards come to BlackBerry on top of their already great track record in the government space. Back in March Secure Work Space for iOS and Android became Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certified meaning, security-conscious organizations, including U.S. and Canadian government agencies, can confidently separate sensitive corporate data from personal content.

Immediately following the FIPS certification, BlackBerry 10 became the first and only mobility solution to earn the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) coveted Full Operational Capability (FOC) designation to run on U.S. Department of Defense Networks. If you're looking for more info, be sure to check out the source link below.

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BlackBerry earns two Govie Awards for outstanding security


It is to serious business and government though and that's a nice niche for BlackBerry to try to maintain.

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Nobody cares, it's "uncool" and not popular. Reason enough for most people to never consider BB without even trying one...

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Because its inconvenient. People don't want to take extra precautions to keep safe, even if their life depended in it (which it does).

99% of mobile malware is targeted at, yep, the largest marketshare and most popular platform, which coincidentally also happens to be the laxest security-wise. Why is this so? I have no idea. Human nature?

Same on the PC / laptop form factor. Most popular platform the most insecure, but "easy to use" and non-restrictive in what it allows someone to install.

Very little malware for the second most popular, but more expensive platform (same manufacturer as the mobile one!) which - as a UNIX derivative - is inherently more secure by default,

and virtually none for the freely available, but largely unknown GNU / Linux (hello Richard S., are you happy now?) which is rumored to be very different, difficult to use, only for hackers and geeks, uses command-line and, here we go, kinda doesn't "have apps" (even though apt-get, yum and their friends were the first kinda download "app-store" I could think of)

A huge, lax platform creates all kinds of "problems" and subsequently allows for these huge secondary industries like anti-virus, security solutions, defragger, PC / junk cleanout, RAM optimizers, etc. that offer "the solution". (And due to its inefficiency, it somehow wants more "cores" until it megahurtz, and the consumer loves to play this game! No real idea why, looks like it must be so).

Even piracy (pirated apks /and exe like MS Office) because everything needs to be "free".

Who thought a few years ago, the same would happen in mobile what happened in the PC sphere? One dominant, kinda-easy to use (but not really?) platform that lacks security?

Sorry, that was long. Please correct or add if you like, but stay friendly. Thanks :-)

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

This is great news. We (that is BlackBerry) needs more info like this hitting the Street. Soon enough demand will follow - in all sectors!

Go BlackBerry!

BlackBerry by choice and influencing others.

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Consumers will never put security as a buying feature, people use android left and right and download apps riddled with spyware and exploits etc.

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For the stuff it was awarded for, it's not really a consumer offering anyway. It's like you never even read the article or simply don't understand what's being discussed. A 'consumer' device isn't out there running secure work spaces or being used on DoD networks. BlackBerry's security has always been a highpoint of BES, not your 'off the shelf' BlackBerry.

Nothing about this post says consumer. I see Business, Secure Work Spaces, DoD, G7, Government, pharmaceutical, law firm and automotive industries. The awards are recognition of 'BlackBerry's strength and expertise in providing secure mobile solutions for the public sector with two Govies Government Security Awards.'

But wouldn't it be cool if they could put these services in reach to the average customer? Like a cloud based BES with email and secured personal space all in one spot.

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They can and already have with BES10 Cloud. It's just whether or not consumers want to pay for it. In that respect, that's where the Xadion was right. Consumers likely won't pay for it because overall, they simply don't care until it's too late.

Most people only care when they're told by media outlets they should care otherwise they're tralalalaing on through the world thinking nothing bad ever happens. I wasn't disagreeing with Xadion's sentiment, he's entirely correct but his comment is in the wrong spot because again, the post isn't about consumers.

If BlackBerry creates a consumer available service that provides privacy and security for communication and data storage so that it is encrypted on device and transmitted and or stored without the decryption and then re encryption that all the current service providers do, then they can market the BlackBerry security model as a key differentiating feature that I'm sure people would be willing to pay a monthly or annual fee for. My data is not yours to analyze and sell as a commodity.

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

Thanks for that blaze. I was going to write a response, then I read yours.

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This is one of the main reasons I purchased the Zen10 as my first smartphone... security.

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Depends which consumer group you are talking about. My employer will ONLY use BlackBerry devices.

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They got there because of BBM and convenient texting (in the consumer space), not because of their security features, or am I wrong?

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Z10 security is no better than iPhone without BES but definitely ahead of Android.

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Not entirely correct. The crypto kernels that are verified and certified are still present on the device.


But generally, yes, BB10 itself is not significantly more secure than any other OS.

Even BlackBerry devices are better when it comes to security. Not to long ago, Apple had vulnerabilities for 18 months before they released an update to secure them. There are many videos I have seen where people have found a way to unlock iphones without entering the password. Never seen anything for blackberries.

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Simply nonsense. Try to educate yourself on the basics of wireless security before you comment.

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I think BlackBerry should try to improve the security even more. Especially with the APK Android apps.

BlackBerry should never rest on their laurels.

BlackBerry needs a clean sweep of all the Govie awards.

I'm just wondering how many categories were there?

I'm still not satisfied.

BlackBerry...Get it done!!! ©

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If there is one thing that I'd like to see ASAP is bb10 getting rid of the Android runtime altogether! Please make it optional!
I'm fed up with the idea that this pile of creapy bloated software is needed at all on the best rtos ever created by the smartest programmers on the planet, decades ago: QNX.
For those who need android to play around with their beloved fart apps, they could keep it happily running.
Not me. I can better survive without such a mess installed on my phone and save storage and power for true native apps.
As already pointed out, I cannot see all my documents shared with any Android app by default. It wasn't like that when I probably bought my z10.
Thanks for your attention and understanding.

The BB 10 App Manager extension for Chrome allows you to remove the Android runtime bars. Do it.

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Not talking about analdroid app bars, the runtime that comes as part of the bb10 os deployment should be cleared from any Android pollution. Whoever installs chrome on a bb10 is on the very wrong path, thanks for your suggestion.

People are too dumb to understand security issues when it come to communication. However, banks, governments and military understand it very well.

Wait until medical applications gets rolling!

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The picture attached to this article - is that something rather ironic related to leaks from NSA...? :D

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This isn't enough to regain profits but it's a step in the right direction! Keep it up BlackBerry!

It is unfortunate that BB10 isn't any more secure than iphone without BES but I do utilize apps and features to enhance security.

I haven't heard anything more about the "Black Phone".

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

It's refreshing to see BlackBerry getting the good recognition it deserves. Way to go Team Chen!!!

Man United 4life!!!!

All great but a nicer headline would be "BlackBerry returns to profitability" but that ain't happened yet!

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I think the only way average people would care much about mobile security is when phones are getting hacked for critical infos like bank apps or certain apps that has money like Starbucks. Other than that, people will stick on what they have. Can't really blame people for choosing what they want. I still choose BlackBerry though.

Sent from the best touch keyboard, the Z.

They are! Personal Information is being lifted at an alarming rate. Go search what the banks, credit card companies etc are losing each year to online fraud....then comeback and comment.

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That's a fitting picture, with three empty chairs under the sign. Unfortunately few care that much about security, and those that do still have Blackberries

The chairs are empty because someone had to take the picture.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30, son! The holy grail of phones!

Yezzir!!! BlackBerry=security, son!!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30, son! The holy grail of phones!

It's definitely bragging rights to secure the US government account and other accounts that count on BlackBerry security.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30, son! The holy grail of phones!

I wish it was a important to the average consumer. They will see soon enough, but as of right now security in a mobile device in the US is about as important as being honored with an citizenship award in elementary school.

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By the way. The only mention of "Mobile Security" I saw (which didn't include BlackBerry) was

Mobile Security Apps:
• Acronis – Acronis Access
• HOB Gmbh & Co. KG – HOBLink Mobile

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I downloaded an app on my friend's android phone, and the security permissions the app wanted were ridiculous. Then I noticed a More button, and the list was even bigger than I thought! On BlackBerry you can choose which permission to grant and which to revoke. Of course on Android it's all or nothing (no apps or no security you pick).

Go BlackBerry!!! OK now will you guys please keep an eye on that new phone that has security that will give you guys a run for your money?!?!
Please don't let the competition catch up and beat you at your own game BlackBerry!!!
Hype up the average users phone too! I'd gladly pay for it if nothing but for giggles I want to have bragging rights too!
Still it's better than any android but still I want to have the last laugh when the next gen virus hits the web!

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It will be great to see these awards reflected in the number of BlackBerry devices sold.

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Still (proudly) hosting android though... The backdoors are there!
A platform on top of another with network capabilities is potentially out of control.
App developers can do whatever they like... including accessing your data and send them over the network...and you want to be connected even in the toilet right?. On android you grant them permissions to do so...then why complaining about security on your phone?!
Mr. Chen please Get rid of the fu..g android runtime.
Zillion of companies are loosing time and market already with android. How can most of them believe that their product will sell better than Google stuff anyway?
How can they compete with players like Samsung that kicks out new android crap every 2 weeks. They inflate the android market! They even give their toys out for free! People only understand this concept: I buy a Tv and I get an amazing android device for free!
Even Nokia is wasting time with this... unbelievable!
2.nd get Nokia (unfortunately now MS) closer if not on board as Nokia engineers can develop native apps for bb10 in hours. They owned QT remember?
3. If another platform should be running in parallel with bb10 on top of the outstanding QNX kernel... well that should be Windows Phone. Just dreaming but
Again: android runtime should be Removable and Optional

Buy an new TV and get some cheap hardware junk with a garbage OS for free...

That's what I read. Please make BB10 tablet,
.... was looking at that unspiring junk last night, not happy to see this stuff sold, and there could be so much goodness...

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

I want to go in higher security .

Make BlackBerry the most secure phone on the planet.

I want the hackers to give up and say ' We give up. BlackBerry is too f$#*ing secure let's try Android and IPhone '.

BlackBerry just need to improve the design of the BB10 devices.

Where is the' 10 'in BlackBerry 10?

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Great stuff Bla1ze.
It's hard to change consumer behavior but soon they will get rid off Facebooks,,...and try to protect their ecosystem.

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"We would like to congratulate BlackBerry for it's well deserved awards!" said the NSA, before returning to monitoring BBM Messenger and BBM Channels...

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

Well the IT lads of the law firm I work for (which is a global one) stated that they aim to move away from BlackBerry because BlackBerry could not secure and ensure that it would still remain in place for the next two years. He hastened to add that multiple from his colleagues who work for other law firms reported the same.
I will keep rocking my BlackBerry and will demand a new one even if the firm moves to another solution.

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They should be on drugs. The level of collective hypnosis is unbelievable
Tell them to grab androids. They 'll be around forever!
Let's Hope Microsoft will buy blackberry in the end

Malware forever!

It's kinda laughable (and sad) to see the masses happy to play the same game on mobile now they are and have been playing (and are being played with) as on Windows. Malware ahoy!

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

They're just worried about their jobs, if BB disappeared and they happened to have suggested it.

It was "never wrong" in I.T. to go with IBM or Microsoft, now suggesting iPhone is kinda the new "safe" option.

Wow, the others are reporting and regurgitating the same? More people saying the same makes more truth.... (subjectively they might even be right, lol)

Self-fulfilling prophecy, if everyone stops buying BB, sure they are going to disappear...

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

BlackBerry has lost ground years ago. Not so QNX. This is reference on mission critical systems.. and so has been for years!
That's why the whole company should have been named QNX with different divisions. BlackBerry is just QNX mobile. Nothing more.
I bought a BlackBerry device just because of its rock solid and beautifully engineered kernel... the rest is fashion on top.
Thanks for youy attention. Appreciate that.

BlackBerry phones, especially z30 looks like a phone they would use in Gattaca. Which is pretty awesome

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this is why I have blackberry, the best reception going, the best phones around such as bold 9700 was a tough phone and looked great. I had the torch 9800 and thought it was the best but then I got a z10 and loved it until the z30 came about and now my z30 with a paratek antenna system is the total package and yes I do feel safe and secure with bos = blackberry operating system. so if the govt. contracted bb's are secure then why cant ours from off the consumer shelf. ill be always beside my blackberry.

I know you will achieve a lot more BlackBerry.

This is just the beginning.

Droids and apple eaters will watch you coming up with flying colours.

I'm from BlackBerry world.

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