BlackBerry's Secure Work Space apps get U.S. Department of Defense approval

BlackBerry's Secure Work Space apps get U.S. Department of Defense approval
By John Callaham on 6 Aug 2014 08:50 am EDT
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BlackBerry has announced that its Secure Work Space apps for iOS and Android have received Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) approval from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). That means U.S. Department of Defense workers can now use iOS and Android smartphones and tablets which connect to the company's BES10 Enterprise Mobility Management solution.

BlackBerry said:

The approval solidifies BlackBerry's security capabilities for the transfer of sensitive data on third-party devices. With Secure Work Space, BES10 protocols for data-at-rest and data-in-transit are extended to iOS and Android devices, including smartphones and tablets. This means sensitive data remains protected and secure while being transmitted through vulnerable channels.

What do you think of this newest government sign up for BlackBerry's Secure Work Space apps?

Press Release

BlackBerry Further Expands Unparalleled Security Credentials with New Government Approval for Multi-Platform Management

Secure Work Space for iOS and Android receives Security Technical Implementation Guide approval for the U.S. Department of Defense

Waterloo, ON – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that Secure Work Space for iOS® and Android™, a multi-platform containerization solution managed through BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 (BES10), has received Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) approval from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

In addition to BlackBerry® 10 smartphones, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) customers can now use iOS and Android smartphones and tablets connected to the BES10 Enterprise Mobility Management solution. The STIG approval provides additional confidence for government agencies considering a more open mobile environment with a selection of devices and operating systems.

"Organizations in the private and public sector should proactively secure sensitive data by ensuring that mobility solutions offer the highest level of security," said Stacy Crook, mobility analyst at IDC. "The STIG certification serves as an indication that BlackBerry Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is well positioned to meet the strict security requirements that many enterprise and government agencies require."

"BlackBerry is the only Enterprise Mobility Management provider that can secure a multi-platform environment based on varying levels of risk and compliance, from meeting the strictest requirements with BlackBerry 10 to providing the most flexibility with support for third-party devices," said John Sims, President of Global Enterprise Services, BlackBerry. "The STIG approval for Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is another validation that enterprises and government agencies can rely on BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 for secure mobility, no matter which devices they have in the field."

The approval solidifies BlackBerry's security capabilities for the transfer of sensitive data on third-party devices. With Secure Work Space, BES10 protocols for data-at-rest and data-in-transit are extended to iOS and Android devices, including smartphones and tablets. This means sensitive data remains protected and secure while being transmitted through vulnerable channels.

As a chosen mobile solutions provider for all of the G7 governments, BlackBerry continues to be a trusted partner to governments across the globe. To date, BlackBerry has received more than 50 government certifications and the BlackBerry 10 platform remains the only mobility solution to receive the coveted Full Operational Capability (FOC) certification to run on DoD networks.

For more information about security and the BlackBerry platform visit www.blackberry.com/security.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, 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.

Reader comments

BlackBerry's Secure Work Space apps get U.S. Department of Defense approval

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Pretty sure that when the government puts a project out to bid that this will be a pre qualification for earning the business.

Bodes well for BlackBerry's relationship with the US government.

Funny how BYOD - which hurt BlackBerry for a while - is now a catalyst to BlackBerry earning more business.

Pretty sure the mating of the two elephants aka Apple and IBM have nothing to counter this news.

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Fiberlink (IBM) actually had their cross platform solution approved for government use 3 years ago. Unfortunately BlackBerry kept bb10 proprietary until a few months ago so other MDM solutions couldn't offer support for bb10 which turned a lot of enterprise and government customers away from the devices because they would be forces to deploy bes10. Good to hear secure workspace is catching up and hope they keep up the cross platform support!

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How many customers does IBM have with Fiberlink? How many does BlackBerry have?

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No idea on sales numbers.. you tell me? BES10 licenses are free right now with EZPass but MaaS360 is a premium cloud service that has a high cost. My company uses both. I doubt many places that have BES10 use it exclusively. Now that it supports other platforms better (still missing Windows and BBOS) some companies might use it exclusively but it will take time. I think BES12 will get some places to switch but can't come soon enough in this competitive space, I'm looking forward to it!

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I'd be curious to see where you got those numbers and if 80k is BES10 or if it includes BES 5. I found an article from last year that said 3500 for MaaS360 when IBM bought them so 1000 sounds suspicious.

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Wow that's pretty naive of you. I bet if someone said I don't think anyone uses blackberry, you would think they sound dumb and uninformed as well.

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Wording is not right...
We know what he wants to say.

Always, nothing, nobody... vs. Very often, not much, only few...

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Could be better if they adopted BlackBerry devices as their mobile solution

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In the future, BB's plan for their main profit center is Enterprise services not phone hardware.
Therefore, the 'approval' is good news.

Hardware will come on their own if the BB10 PPort and Classic gain wide support.

On Drudge today - Russians steal 1.2 billion user id's.....security concerns won't be leaving the headlines anytime soon.

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You have to change your passwords a couple times a week at this point...

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Saw that to on Drudge. Now they're saying that this is the tip of the iceberg and it appears much more than 1.2 billion.

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There is a certain degree of irony that it takes BlackBerry hardware / software solutions to securitize iOS and Android. None the less, another positive step forward.

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[voice of 5-year old:] So they can have an iPhony to play with now...
:-)

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Good and bad. Bad; less reason for them to buy BB10 phones. Good; additional income from all those non-BB devices.

Tim Smith from my Z10 on Rogers

BB10 have an additional security layer with additional compliance approvals than secure workspace for ios and android...

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At first I saw it as bad news too but then I thought; there are far more iOS and Android devices out there so instead of pushing BB10 devices right now, the fastest and easiest way to make money is to make it off the majority. Then, due to the exposure people will be more prone to buying a BlackBerry device later. This also gives BlackBerry time to properly prepare. It is good and good news.

It can be seen as part of Black berry's marketing.

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Would anyone at these enterprises know or care that BlackBerry was looking after their leaky data? All of my colleagues are just happy that they have some access to work-related Email on their personal devices.

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The Stig approved BlackBerry ;-)

What may Jeremy Clarkson think of this... "and on that Bombshell..." :-D

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Thought so, too...

If the Stig likes it, it must be fast and awesome ...

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Thats a double edge sword. Its good that BlackBerry can have business from IOS and android devices however it might take a blow on the hardware side. They can use it cleverly though to make them switch to BlackBerry. Guess how?

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True, but the size of the pie is almost non existent for BlackBerry. So if this puts tentacles into the iOS and Droid market it's good.

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It does, however, bring in revenue and hopefully lots of it.
This money can then get spent on r&d and making bb10 awesome. When they're ready to reenter the consumer market they just might have the disruptive feature to catapult to the top. All of this paid for by securing androids and iPhones.

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I wonder if BlackBerry has a sales play for converting iOS and Android users to bb10 once they're in the door... I mean, yeah, it's great that BlackBerry can secure their data, but that doesn't make them secure devices.

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This is good news. I hope when the user turns on their devices is says something like "SECURED BY BLACKBERRY". That would be a great marketing strategy. It gets the BlackBerry name out there and cements it in the users mind that BlackBerry is synonymous with security.
Next time a user goes to a phone store they will most likely ask for a BlackBerry.

Also, news like this will make other companies more open to using QNX in their hardware which will power the IoT and Project Ion.

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Great idea. It is also a backhanded slap at iOS and Android. A little bit of mojo?

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+ this a million times. A 'Secured by BlackBerry' screen should pop up as a loading screen whenever someone opens up the workspace. Someone get this to Chen asap.

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Just make the font size not too large and preposterous...

But giv'em that little side hint. :-)

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Good idea. And QNX enabled cars and devices should be started up with a "Powered by BlackBerry" or "Powered by QNX". That would be great to see as well.

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They should sell a few more Droids and IPhones to the Fed now.

Using a BlackBerry Z10! The "UnDroid"!

Still a joke to me that ios and android basically needs blackberry to get their products approved for use in these agencies.

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I don't think it is a joke.
Look at the other side of the valley.

A BlackBerry phone with a MobileIron MDM is not enough. Basically it is not much more secure than an Android device from the DOD's point of view.

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That to tall unsecured platforms IOS and especially Android have now access in this structure. It was better to not be accepted and to be used just BlackBerry devices!

Proudly Z10 owner

Now if the DoD and other security minded clients begin dropping BES they are just being vindictive without just cause - they've asked for a better BlackBerry - and now they've got one.

This too little too late argument doesn't fly anymore, it's time for us to see maturity coming out of the corporate world.

It's long overdue.

However, with enterprise employees beginning to ask for their BlackBerries back, all the recent positive news feeds bodes well.

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I don't see any bad news to this. JC has stated that Blackberry will be more of a software company. The revenue will come from the software side vs. hardware.

Great to see them approved. But I won't get excited until I see them USING BlackBerry for this purpose. Passing the tests is one thing.... implementation is another thing.

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With or without this news, who on earth would go with an unsecured competitor when we all know for a fact, nothing beats BlackBerry.

I would never want to be the IT clown that went with an inferior solution, especially when they know BlackBerry rules the roost and offers its services at a great price.

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Is BlackBerry working on the second phase?

Step 1 - get in the door.
Step 2 - show a new BB10 device that is hard-rock impenetrable on the BlackBerry secured systems. (Shame the device-specific security features of the other OSs.)

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Good news for the company, to go with the memo that came out a few days ago regarding the fact that the restructuring is by enlarge over and now they can start to further shore up their footing.

Also, I would take the recent acquisition of Secusmart as another positive step in the right direction, yet it remains to be seen what this all means for us as consumers and our desire to continue using BlackBerry smartphones...

But there has been a shift in recent months in terms of the media coverage. In Canada even the business friendly network, BNN, has started to take note of this change and their coverage has changed in tone, sure they still get the odd "specialist", read some asshole douchebag market speculator,but otherwise it has been largely friendly reporting.

Whereas before they would gleefully jump on BlackBerry's back and get almost a perverse pleasure in reporting about the trouble it was facing and the fact that thousands of employees lost their jobs...now they seem uncertain how to approach this change in scenery...

Of course there are still holdouts, like CBC's Amanda Lang who never misses an opportunity to take a shit on BlackBerry, Applesuck-n-fuck, or Scumsung must be paying her a pretty penny...she seems not to have taken notice of what is happening...the dingbat has her head in the clouds, or up her ass, depending on your preference...

Let's hope this is a cautiously good sign and beginning for all the people still employed by BlackBerry and all the consumers who stuck it out for the duration...

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