BlackBerry today announced that Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, a multi-platform containerization solution managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, has received Security Technical Implementation Guide approval from the Defense Information Systems Agency.
What this means, essentially, is that U.S. Department of Defense customers can now use iOS and Android smartphones and tablets connected to the BES10 Enterprise Mobility Management solution.
“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.”
The approval "solidifies BlackBerry’s security capabilities for the transfer of sensitive data on third-party devices," according to the Waterloo-based smartphone maker. As a chosen mobile solutions provider for all of the G7 governments, BlackBerry says it "continues to be a trusted partner to governments across the globe."
“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.
To date, BlackBerry has received more than 50 government certifications.
“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," Sims added.