U.S. federal government makes RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook the first tablet with FIPS certification

Research In Motion announced today that it has received Federal Information Processing Standard certification for its new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

This makes the PlayBook the first tablet certified for deployment within U.S. federal government agencies. 

“RIM is pleased to announce that the BlackBerry PlayBook is the first tablet approved under FIPS for use within the U.S. federal government,” said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at Research In Motion. “This certification demonstrates our continued commitment to meeting the needs of security-conscious organizations and enables the U.S. federal government to buy with confidence knowing that the PlayBook meets their computing policy requirements for protecting sensitive information.”

The FIPS-certified tablet is being showcased this week in Washington DC at FOSE, a Federal government information technology conference. The PlayBook has been awarded Best in Show, and also Best of FOSE, in the Handheld Devices category.

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