BlackBerry OS 7 devices get certified for US and Canadian gov’t use


RIM is a happy camper today – the US and Canada has recently announced that BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 7.1 devices have have been awarded FIPS 140-2 certification by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), which means that the devices running on the OS can now be used by their respective government agencies. FIPS 140-2 certification means that the devices are capable of a certain level of cryptographic security – we don’t want people knowing about the aliens in Area 51, do we now? This means you can expect the “man” to start sporting BlackBerry Bold 9900’s, Torch 9810’s, and all the other BlackBerry 7 OS powered devices.