government cloud solutions

BlackBerry pushes into federal cloud

BlackBerry is dialing up its cloud certification efforts as it more actively pursues government business.  

BlackBerry Government Solutions, a new Washington, D.C.-based unit of the Canadian company, will be exclusively focused on the federal market in order to accelerate government cloud computing initiatives.

Retired Coast Guard Rear Adm. Robert Day will lead the subsidiary as president and be responsible for guiding BlackBerry’s products through the approval process for the governmentwide Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, plus achieving authority-to-operate certifications at individual agencies.

Day, who first joined BlackBerry in 2016, will also oversee mandated continuous monitoring and maintenance of BlackBerry’s cloud services once they go through FedRAMP.

In a release, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company aims to position itself in a market where “a tidal wave of connected devices is in sight.”

The company also wants “to help the U.S. government securely build and connect all ‘things’ from ATVs and drones to documents, emails, and the data that flows between,” Chen added.

The company also announced that NATO had awarded it a contract for its SecuSUITE for Government, a platform for encrypted voice and text communications across landline and Android and iOS devices on both classified and unclassified networks.

Federal agencies that use BlackBerry’s mobile security products include the departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice, Transportation, Treasury and Veterans Affairs. BlackBerry said its crisis communication tool covers at least 70 percent of the overall federal civilian workforce.

This article was first posted to Washington Technology, a sibling site to GCN.

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Ross Wilkers is a senior staff writer for Washington Technology. He can be reached at rwilkers@washingtontechnology.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rosswilkers. Also find and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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