Its no secret that BlackBerry is the platform that is preferred by security-minded professionals. In providing this platform for the United States government, RIM implements a security standard called FIPS. This is the highest level of cryptography requires for all communication which does not require a SSBI (unclassified communication). By providing a FIPS-certified platform for the US government, RIM can work with agencies to deploy BlackBerry devices to non-military government workers and contractors. It should be noted that BlackBerry OSs have been FIPS compliant since OS 3.3: the new OS6 has been certified to meet these standards. Read the Press Release below:

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, Dec 01, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Research In Motion (RIM) announced today that BlackBerry(R) 6, a powerful new operating system for BlackBerry(R) smartphones, is now FIPS 140-2 certified. This FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification provides confidence to a variety of security-conscious organizations, including U.S. government agencies, companies in regulated industries and other organizations dealing with sensitive information, that data stored on smartphones running BlackBerry 6 can be properly secured and encrypted.

"This FIPS certification will help extend the reach of BlackBerry 6 to users in a wide range of government agencies and other security-conscious organizations in the U.S.," said Scott Totzke, Vice President, BlackBerry Security Group at Research In Motion. "BlackBerry 6 offers an exceptional mobile experience for BlackBerry smartphone users on the most secure wireless platform in the industry."

BlackBerry 6, which debuted on the BlackBerry(R) Torch(TM) smartphone earlier this year, retains the trusted features of the BlackBerry brand while delivering a rich experience that's powerful and easy to use. It has a redesigned interface, includes expanded messaging capabilities, enhanced multimedia support and a new and rich WebKit-based browser that delivers fast Internet browsing. In addition to the BlackBerry Torch, BlackBerry 6 ships on the new BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) 9780 and BlackBerry(R) Style(TM) smartphones. BlackBerry 6 can also run on the BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) 9650, BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) 9700, BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 3G and BlackBerry(R) Pearl(TM) 3G smartphones (subject to carrier certifications).

FIPS is a U.S. government computer security standard for certifying cryptographic modules. The standard was developed through the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP), which certifies products for use by U.S. government agencies and regulated industries that collect, store, transfer, share and disseminate sensitive information. Product certifications under the CMVP are performed in accordance with the requirements of FIPS 140-2.

In addition to various FIPS certifications, BlackBerry(R) products have passed rigorous security assessments from a variety of other independent organizations around the world. For example, the BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Solution has been approved through the CESG Assisted Product Scheme (CAPS) in the United Kingdom and by the Defence Signals Directorate in Australia, and has also received Common Criteria EAL 4+ certification." As a result, the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution has been approved for storing and transmitting sensitive data by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as government organizations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Austria, Australia and New Zealand.

For more information about security and the BlackBerry platform visit BlackBerry - Wireless Network Security for Corporate Data.