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BlackBerry Smart Card Reader gets highest certification level, gives high fives

By Ryan Blundell on 22 Aug 2011 12:06 pm EDT

BlackBerry Smart Card Reader

The BlackBerry Smart Card Reader makes it extremely easy to make sure you and your business are in compliance with operational requirements for multi-factor authentication. It offers controlled access to your BlackBerry, computer (provided it is running Microsoft Windows and is Bluetooth-enabled), PKI applications and the internet, without compromising your security. This wearable card reader comes ready for a BES environment and will extend its features to enable AES-256 encryption overlay for Bluetooth, S/MIME support and wireless IT policy enforcement. If you venture out of Bluetooth range of your computer or BlackBerry, it will be rendered inaccessible. When we last had a look at the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader, Isaac let us know that it had achieved FIPS 140-2 certification. Today, the Card Reader took it to a new level- FIPS 140-2 level 3. This is the highest level of certification over any other available wireless smart card reader.

"Our customers value the robust security provided with BlackBerry products and services and smart card readers are particularly important within the government sector," said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at Research In Motion. "This advanced certification of the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader for the U.S. Federal Government demonstrates our ongoing commitment to meet and exceed the expectations of our government customers."

Toting advanced features such as; tamper evidence and self destruction of critical security parameters upon device breach, the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader is a formidable opponent in the battle to maintain corporate security. This goes to prove that the RIMPIRE STRIKES BACK on every front. Press release after the jump.

Learn more about the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader

BlackBerry Smart Card Reader Achieves Advanced Security Certification for U.S. Federal Government

Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM - News)(TSX: RIM.TO- News) announced today that the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader™ has achieved FIPS 140-2 certification level 3 - the highest certification achieved by any wireless smart card reader on the market. Smart cards support security programs like the U.S. Department of Defense's Common Access Card (CAC)program and the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) which calls for a mandatory, government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification issued by the federal government to its employees and to the employees of federal contractors. FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certifications are assigned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"Our customers value the robust security provided with BlackBerry products and services and smart card readers are particularly important within the government sector," said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at Research In Motion. "This advanced certification of the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader for the U.S. Federal Government demonstrates our ongoing commitment to meet and exceed the expectations of our government customers."

The BlackBerry Smart Card Reader is designed to work with personal identification cards issued by government organizations or other high-security organizations. Users insert a smart card into this lightweight reader and wear it on a lanyard as a two-factor authentication device for secure access to BlackBerry smartphones, desktop computers and facilities. BlackBerry smartphones and desktop computers automatically lock when the user's smart card is not in proximity.

FIPS 140-2 level 3 certification of the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader also verifies advanced security features of the smart card reader itself, such as tamper evidence and self destruction of critical security parameters upon device breach.

For more information, see http://us.blackberry.com/ataglance/security/products/smartcardreader/.

About Research In Motion

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM - News) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM.TO - News). For more information, visitwww.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used herein, words such as "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "should", "intend," "believe", and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by RIM in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that RIM believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause RIM's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the "Risk Factors" section of RIM's Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on RIM's forward-looking statements. RIM has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.



Very nice. Well done RIM


+1 for title (gives high fives)


This is indeed a very impressive accomplishment!!!! KUDOS to the RIM team!

Okay, governments & law enforcement, start lining-up!

BTW, FIPS 140-2 Level 4 is the highest level, but no one is there yet. Level 3 is a HUGE accomplishment!


This just shows what is an ADULT device and what is a CHILD device..... ADULTS are secure and stable with its productive toys while CHILDREN contracts viruses and play with multitude of toys of time waste


Okay... But consumers (kids, teens, young adults, adults) Don't care about this.

They want phones that are Cool that other cool people have. And they are the ones will all the money... So saying BB is a adult device excludes those massive revenue steams!!

They don't care about this.

Nor do i :)


I understand where your coming from and being with the cool kids by bleachers...lol

Many of the features that cool kids have blackberry have such as social sites, IM's, Camera except for the front one so what makes the other ones cool and blackberry not....i like the cool comment that was slick....lmbo


I get what your saying as far as the teen demographic but your wrong about the "massive revenue of teens." They are a revenue source but the big money is the corporate and defense consumers. RIM doesn't just support the US market, it's global and serves the global government and defense organizations. That is the massive revenue boost that this device will add to RIM. Plus teens in other countries consider BB a status symbol. Your cool if you have one, after all most of the pop stars and actors don't have iPhones, they have blackberrys. Look at the celeb pic blog, the beiber has a style and it's purple. How much cooler can you get? You may not have a use for this but those that do are seriously looking forward to this device and how they can integrate it with their network.

I just wanted this to be put out there. Just like good old Mike told the reporters in Toronto, "you all may bash blackberry but your posting to your blogs using a blackberry." Even android's CEO was seen using a blackberry. It's just that people are closet blackberry users, which is funny if you ask me.


this makes me think NFC might be able to replace that reader all together... eventually. this might not interest kids now, but the technology may soon be used by consumers for sharing info and theft protection while people have all their bank apps loaded on their phones. this at least shows RIM's attention to detail and im all about that. good job RIM


They may make it even better and allow it to interact with the NFC.


This goes to show why people dislike Blackberry,(in response to DAnomadicOne) its aging demographic keeps trying to prove itself still useful by name calling and degrading in a childish matter. What you should do is shut your mouth (stop typing) learn proper spelling and grammar before you call someone a child, and stop bringing yourself down to a childish level.

Now, what I want to know is this, will my military CAC card be able to be read by any computer that doesn't have a CAC card slot?


I didn't call anyone a name and if you followed everything about all devices. You hear more of people speaking of buying the other devices for their children. They can do more children productivity with its apps and for those who want apps on their phone to play mainly games. Nothing more on productivity as its strong feature except when compared to the Blackberry. I see i must have touched your sensitive side since your crying out on the board with name calling and then want to poke about grammar. Who is the child here again?


WOW. I wish I could have this for my own personal computer.


Too bad my 'Alphabet Agency' employer will not authorize me to receive Outlook email on my personal Berry, nor will they issue me a government Berry. Even when I am perfectly willing to sign a waiver allowing them to monitor my activities for intelligence/law enforcement purposes. Sorry for venting, this article simply reopened an old wound.