In conjunction with the release today of the BlackBerry® 7.1 Operating System in the Australian market, Research In Motion (RIM) announced that BlackBerry® smartphones running the BlackBerry® 7.0 and 7.1 Operating Systems (BlackBerry 7) have been successfully evaluated and approved for Government use by the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) of the Australian Government. The certification from the DSD affirms that the BlackBerry 7 Operating System meets the Australian and New Zealand Government’s strict security standards for a wide range of the Governments’ information classifications, representing the majority of day-to-day operational communications. Continue reading
After the PlayBook became the first tablet to receive FIPS certification in the US, the US and Russian governments have authorised its use within the two Houses. Now, the Australian government can use the PlayBook as their Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) has approved it. However, it is only approved as long as the PlayBook is connected to an approved BlackBerry smartphone via BlackBerry Bridge.
“RIM continues to set the benchmark for government security, and now, with DSD approval, the BlackBerry PlayBook is the first tablet to be certified for deployment in Australian government departments. This again demonstrates our leadership in the government sector, and our commitment and investment in secure mobile technology,” RIM’s manager Security Certifications, Asia Pacific, BlackBerry Security said in a statement.