BlackBerry iOS device management receives US government approval

BlackBerry iOS device management receives US government approval

Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has announced that its iOS device-management service has won a key security clearance from the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

It means that customers in various  US Department of Defense agencies will be able to use the company's BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10 system to manage and secure devices operating Google's Android system, as well as Apple iOS software.

The decision to port its BES10 platform to other operating systems was taken a year ago and was mainly made as part of the firm's attempts to turn its fortunes around, amid falling hardware sales, which saw many users adopt the offerings of company rivals.

It stated that the move would allow it to enhance its revenues and sell high-margin services to its large clients, even if they happened to be using smartphones made by rival companies.

John Sims, head of BlackBerry's enterprise division, said in a statement that approval from the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) by DISA showed that governmental organisations still held a great deal of trust in BlackBerry's ability to produce a secure option.

"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," he said.

There is little reason to doubt Mr Sims's claims as BES10 is a solution that has now been authorised by all G7 governments, meaning the company is maintaining its position as a trusted partner for governmental organisations.

The US Department of Defense has long been a historically strong client for BlackBerry, but has recently begun to consider the offerings of other companies such as Apple and Samsung.

Although its exploits in software are undoubtedly a huge bright spot for the company, it is by no means turning its back on the hardware market, with its new BlackBerry Passport handset due to be unveiled in London this September.