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BlackBerry gets ATO from DISA

BlackBerry has released two government-focused smartphones in recent months. Both the BlackBerry Q10 with its classic keyboard design and the BlackBerry Z10 with its large-screen interface both received positive reviews from GCN. This week the company also got good news from the Defense Information System Agency, which certified both models running BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 with the Authority to Operate (ATO) on all Department of Defense networks. BlackBerry is the first mobile device management (MDM) provider to obtain an ATO.

Receiving the ATO is a critical step forward in the security certification process. The approval demonstrates that BlackBerry 10 smartphones meet DOD’s most stringent security requirements. BlackBerry 10 smartphones will let DOD personnel securely connect to networks and access assets from work. The BlackBerry mobile infrastructure ensures the personal and the agency information on a user’s phone are kept separate and safe.

With the ATO awarded, DISA is now developing the infrastructure to support BlackBerry 10 smartphones. DISA is building the capacity to support 10,000 BlackBerry 10 devices by this fall, and 30,000 by the end of 2013 on DOD networks. 

“Being the first smartphones to be supported on the U.S. Department of Defense network further establishes BlackBerry’s proven and validated security model,” said Scott Totzke, senior vice president of the BlackBerry Security Group. “With foreign entities, governmental and criminal, ramping up attacks on electronic communications and information systems, BlackBerry provides government agencies with a proven partner that follows top-to-bottom security protocols.”

Posted by John Breeden II on Aug 08, 2013 at 1:45 PM


Reader Comments

Tue, Aug 13, 2013

ATO means nothing, they just created that so the DOD can say oh look we have authorized it. Wow, where have they been. Everyone in the world has BB, so do you not think they can get into it. No different then PC, if they want to get to it they will. So quit building up like it is such a great thing.

Tue, Aug 13, 2013

What is the kick back for the DOD for going with BB. They still have not sped up the BB enough to even compete with iPhone or Androids, so what are they getting that is sos valueable from them. Did you read that majic word in there developing, not that it is ready but developing, when will they learn. I used to like BB, but they have not kept up with the times and there speed really suck, plus they sure like in keeping up with the phone services 4G or LTE networks.

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