Fixmo and BlackBerry Partner to Bring Sentinel Device Integrity and Tamper Detection Solution to BlackBerry 10

By Adam Zeis on 1 Aug 2013 10:34 am EDT
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Fixmo announced today that they have partnered with BlackBerry to bring their Sentinel device integrity verification and tamper detection solution to the BlackBerry 10 platform. Fixmo Sentinel is already used today through the US government to make mobile devices meet the Security Technical Implementation Guidelines. 

Fixmo Sentinel is geared toward assisting government agencies to "remain in a trusted state" and within corporate compliance. The software is a solution for many government agencies as it would allow them to meet the proper standards to get up and running with BlackBerry 10 devices. Both BlackBerry and Fixmo will continue working together to ensure that Sentinel meets the ever-changing DoD, STIG and SRG specifications for mobile devices.

Press Release

Fixmo and BlackBerry Partner to Bring Sentinel Device Integrity and Tamper Detection Solution to BlackBerry 10

Fixmo and BlackBerry Collaborate to Bring Fully Integrated Solution for Government and Enterprise Customers on BlackBerry 10

STERLING, Va. & WATERLOO, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Fixmo, a leading provider of mobile security and risk management solutions, and BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced plans to bring the Fixmo Sentinel device integrity verification and tamper detection solution to the BlackBerry® 10 platform. Fixmo Sentinel is used today throughout the U.S. Federal Government to meet the Security Technical Implementation Guidelines (STIGs) for mobile device deployments. Today’s announcement expands on a collaborative effort between Fixmo and BlackBerry that began in 2009.

Developed under a Co-operative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. National Security Agency, Fixmo Sentinel helps IT organizations ensure mobile devices start, and remain, in a known trusted state and within corporate compliance. Fixmo will offer a fully integrated version of Fixmo Sentinel for BlackBerry 10 smartphones that will enable Government agencies and Enterprise customers to track and audit all system-level and application-level modules residing on each smartphone. Enterprises and government customers will be able to proactively detect the installation of unverified or disallowed third party software and undesired changes to software configurations or settings, as well as attempts at malicious tampering or rooting of the operating system.

“BlackBerry 10 continues to be well received by government agencies and large enterprises looking to embrace the next wave of mobility in the workplace without compromising security or regulatory compliance,” said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security Group at BlackBerry. “Our collaboration with Fixmo is another important step in providing our government, DoD, and enterprise customers with the tools they need to meet stringent security and compliance requirements as they expand their use of mobile technologies and applications.”

Through a collaborative development project, Fixmo and BlackBerry are working to ensure that Fixmo Sentinel for BlackBerry 10 meets the evolving DoD STIG and Security Requirements Guide (SRG) specifications for mobile device management developed by the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The development project builds on the existing relationship between the two companies that began in 2009 as a collaborative effort to bring the NSA-developed AutoBerry technology to BlackBerry® 7 smartphones across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

“BlackBerry is a critical platform for our government and enterprise customers, and we’re seeing wide-spread demand for Fixmo Sentinel on BlackBerry 10 smartphones,” said Bruce Gilley, President of Fixmo U.S. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with BlackBerry to deliver a tightly integrated version of Fixmo Sentinel that will enable our mutual customers to maximize their use of BlackBerry 10 smartphones while mitigating security and compliance risks.”

Fixmo Sentinel for BlackBerry 10 will be available to U.S. Government agencies as part of an exclusive Technology Preview program later this year. To learn more about Fixmo Sentinel, and to register for updates on availability for BlackBerry 10, please visithttp://fixmo.com/products/sentinel.

14 comments

neteng1000

Not sure how to read into this and how significant or a partnership this actually is.

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BBgeeqed04

Well, let's hope this helps BlackBerry become the best device for governments to use, which would boost product sales and marketing techniques.

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al750n

Another great news for BlackBerry ..

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Harold Thompson

The machine has yet to be built that can measure my indifference to this article

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avatsaev

Or most of crackberry articles lately. This place is boring.

virgocrush

If the NSA is involved - Not good!

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jic999

Live testing and analyzing their security implementation without shutdown or crashing : http://fixmo.com/products/sentinel

hazarder

Ok
Ok
Ok
Good

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AfroZepher

Like all things BlackBerry and enterprise . . ..some time later ... eventually . .. enterprise has been notoriously slow but has been picking up the pace in recent years. . .hopefully endeavors like this will help BlackBerry keep pace. . .

mobilesync

BlackBerry released BBM betan today ...

BlackBerry missed the schedule and a golden launch windows (back to school).

Now I can only hope BB doesn't miss the quality.

"Half baked and Buggy" has gradually become the icon of BlackBerry since 2007, partly as a result of the big and unfair anti-BlackBerry movement that culminated in 2006 in U.S.

I hope the cross platform BBM has high quality and is fully baked. By "fully baked" I don't mean it has all the features. It is perfectly OK not to have voice and video for now. But for what it does provide it must provide them in complete. This is an opportunity for BlackBerry to get rid of the "Half baked and Buggy" badge; This is an opportunity for RIM to fairly fight back against the anti-BB movement. Yet, it could be a big flaw that permanently sink BB.

One month for Beta (usually means Alpha quality in today's BB vocabulary) is definitely NOT enough for a reliable real-time messaging system. So, to this point, BB lovers need to have patience to allow BB to take extra 2 to 3 months to fully bake it and achieve the highest quality of all - even higher than the original BBM despite the difficulties.

Let's make a loud and clear voice here:

BlackBerry can afford no mistake on cross platform BBM!!!

djraz_official

I want Fixmo tools. That's what i miss

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Vorkosigan

I wonder how this affects, and is affected by, BlackBerry Balance? Does it lock down the personal side of the device as well? Or do these high level devices not get a separate work / personal division?

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Bacon Munchers

Anyone know if Fixmo is also in with anyone else, like say, Samsung? I thought I read exclusive to BlackBerry, but not sure.

It would be great if not!

fairfaxnut

This is huge. The DoD is the biggest US customer.

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