BlackBerry gets DISA approval for iOS, Android device management platform

2013_05_MobileApp BlackBerry’s Secure Work Space gives defense agencies the ability to management any mobile platform.

The Defense Information System Agency has given its stamp of approval to BlackBerry’s Secure Work Space, a containerization service that is part of the company’s mobile device management suite.

DISA’s Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) approval of Secure Work Space allows Defense Department agencies to manage a slew of mobile devices, including ones running iOS and Android systems.


“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, BlackBerry’s president of global enterprise services, in a statement. “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.”

The approval comes as the Canadian company looks in make inroads in the federal space as its consumer smartphone business has plummeted. In March, it touted being the first mobile device management company to get full operational capability clearance from the Defense Department. In June, the company launched BBM Protected, an enterprise messaging service that meets the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s Federal Information Processing Standards for cryptography (FIPS 140-2).


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