BlackBerry's Secure Work Space for iOS and Android—a multi-platform containerization solution managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10)—has received Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) approval from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).
In addition to BlackBerry 10 smartphones, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) customers can now use iOS and Android smartphones and tablets connected to the BES10 solution. This provides additional assurance for government agencies considering a more open mobile environment with a selection of devices and operating systems.
"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."
With Secure Work Space, BES10 protocols for data-at-rest and data-in-transit are extended to iOS and Android devices, including smartphones and tablets. This means sensitive data remains protected and secure while being transmitted through vulnerable channels.
"BlackBerry is an 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 flexibility with support for third-party devices," said John Sims, President of Global Enterprise Services, BlackBerry. "The STIG approval for Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is another validation that enterprises and government agencies can rely on BES 10 for secure mobility, no matter which devices they have in the field."
To date, BlackBerry has received more than 50 government certifications and the BlackBerry 10 platform remains the only mobility solution to receive the coveted Full Operational Capability (FOC) certification to run on DoD networks.