BES10 for iOS and Android given US government approval

BES10 for iOS and Android given US government approval

BlackBerry's much-heralded mobile device management (MDM) tool – BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) – has been handed another boost after being given approval to be used on iOS and Android devices in some of the most high-pressure security conscious applications in the US.

Secure Work Space, the iOS and Android containerisation component in BES10, has been recognised as passing the country's Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2.

It means the software could soon be used in a variety of different situations, including within the Federal Government.

FIPS 140-2 is a standard from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and it is used as a means of determining the suitability of cryptographic hardware and software for use by the nation's government.

The award of such certification is seen as something of a seal of quality for technology firms across the US, many of which will often use it to attempt to seal deals in other industry areas where a high-quality MDM solution is needed.

BlackBerry's focus on software has come amid a highly publicised downturn in the fortunes of its manufacturing of handsets, and BES10 is very much at the forefront of the company's recovery.

One of the areas in which BlackBerry has been particularly keen to focus on is that of data security, building on its already sterling reputation for providing some of the most comprehensive protection for mobile devices on the market.

BES10 may well have started out as a means of bolstering its stuttering smartphone business, but its scope has now significantly broadened.

Scott Totzke, senior vice president of Security Group at BlackBerry, said in a company statement: "The FIPS 140-2 validation for Secure Work Space for iOS and Android demonstrates the multi-platform security capabilities that BlackBerry delivers for customers, helping governments and enterprises alike to deploy third-party devices with more confidence and less risk."