As part of the announcements coming out of the BlackBerry Security Summit, BlackBerry has now announced that its multi-OS EMM platform BES12 and the latest BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 for smartphones have achieved STIG approval from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for use at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

Secure Mobility Solutions from BlackBerry receive new U.S. Department of Defense approval

Security is one of the top priorities for our government customers. The latest approval from the DoD around our secure end-to-end mobility offering, including BES12 version 12.3 and smartphone OS 10.3.2, shows that our secure platform is designed to meet their priorities, said David Kleidermacher, Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry. "BlackBerry believes that security should be an enabler of productivity and collaboration in both the public and private sector. This achievement also provides confidence to our global enterprise customers when deploying the secure BlackBerry multi-OS EMM portfolio throughout their organizations."

As BlackBerry highlights, this approval shows that BlackBerry's security capabilities and trusted mobile solutions continue to comply with the latest security standards and certifications in the industry. In total, BlackBerry has more than 80 government certifications and approvals, which the company says is more than any other mobile vendor.

Secure Mobility Solutions from BlackBerry Receive New U.S. Department of Defense Approval

Multi-OS EMM platform BES12 and BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 help governments and organizations preventing cyberattacks

NEW YORK – BLACKBERRY SECURITY SUMMIT – July 19, 2016 – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced that its multi-OS EMM platform BES®12 and the latest BlackBerry® OS 10.3.2 for smartphones have achieved STIG approval from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for use at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). With this, government customers are provided with confidence that the BlackBerry security platform meets the highest requirements of regulated industries.

STIGs (Security Technical Implementation Guides) are very important in helping prevent cyberattacks for the federal government, Department of Defense agencies and commercial organizations. This approval shows that BlackBerry's security capabilities and trusted mobile solutions continue to comply with the latest security standards and certifications in the industry. BlackBerry has more than 80 government certifications and approvals, more than any other mobile vendor.

"Security is one of the top priorities for our government customers. The latest approval from the DoD around our secure end-to-end mobility offering, including BES12 version 12.3 and smartphone OS 10.3.2, shows that our secure platform is designed to meet their priorities," said David Kleidermacher, Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry. "BlackBerry believes that security should be an enabler of productivity and collaboration in both the public and private sector. This achievement also provides confidence to our global enterprise customers when deploying the secure BlackBerry multi-OS EMM portfolio throughout their organizations."

BES12, the foundation of BlackBerry's enterprise software portfolio, securely manages devices, apps, content and data across every major mobile platform, including iOS, Android™, BlackBerry® 10, Windows® and Mac OS® X. BlackBerry 10 OS with the latest 10.3.2 software provides advanced features for security and productivity of smartphone users.

The DISA STIGs comprise a library of documents that explain very specifically how computing devices should be configured to maximize security. There are over 400 STIGs available today, each describing how a specific application, operating system, network device or smartphone should be configured.

For more information on the DISA STIG program, visit http://iase.disa.mil/stigs

For more information about BlackBerry cross-platform solutions for the public sector, visit www.BlackBerry.com/government. To follow the news at the annual BlackBerry Security Summit today, use #BBSecurity and read more at www.InsideBlackBerry.com.

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BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world's most sensitive data across all end points – from cars to smartphones – making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.