BlackBerry devices approved for use on U.S. Department of Defense

Thu May 2, 2013 7:11pm EDT

May 2 (Reuters) - BlackBerry said U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has approved its new line of devices powered by the revamped BlackBerry 10 operating system to be used on DoD networks.

The approval allows all Department of Defense customers to use the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 smartphones, and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets on DoD networks.

This comes after a Pentagon spokesperson said on Wednesday that the Pentagon is expected to clear Apple Inc, Samsung and BlackBerry mobile devices for use on Defense Department networks in the next few weeks.

The Pentagon unveiled a plan in February aimed at giving the military services a much broader range of choices among mobile devices. The department has 470,000 BlackBerry users, 41,000 Apple users and 8,700 people with Android devices.

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echotango wrote:
This will create a two tiered user group, one using the fully secured Blackberry FIPS-2 certified products and the other group with security workarounds that just plain make the user a security risk. So, the higher ranks will get the Blackberry’s and the lower enlisted folks and the civilian contractors will get the rest.

Which group do you want to be in ???

May 02, 2013 10:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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