BlackBerry, the struggling smartphone company which has been in news for not all the right reasons in recent times, has something to cheer about. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), which is an intergovernmental military alliance comprising 28 countries across North America and Europe has approved the BlackBerry 10 platform for “Restricted Communications”. This allows agencies in all NATO countries to use BlackBerry 10 smartphones in the office or in the field.
In a press release sent to the media, BlackBerry claimed that this is the first certification for any smartphone manufacturer from NATO. For a company which has taken immense pride in providing highly secure communication platform for enterprises and governments alike, getting their latest platform certified by someone like NATO should come in as a shot in the arm.
Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President of Security at BlackBerry said:
The fact that BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and BlackBerry 10 smartphones have been approved for classified communications just months after debut, is testament to the thoroughness of its design and our commitment to our defense and government customers.
The last few months have been immensely tough for the Canadian company, with things going from bad to worse. For the previous quarter, BlackBerry’s losses ran close to a billion dollars, which has prompted the company to realign its roadmap. At the BlackBerry JAM Asia event held in Hong Kong this month, the company stressed it will henceforth focus mainly on the prosumers in addition to enterprise and government users. Just a fortnight back, the company had inked a deal to sell itself to Fairfax Financial for $4.7 billion US.
Today’s announcement continues to show that BlackBerry is still at the top of their game when it comes to security in both government and enterprise sectors.