BlackBerry 7 OS gets common criteria EAL4+ certification

Research In Motion (RIM) announced that BlackBerry smartphones running on the
BlackBerry 7 OS have been evaluated by a third-party Common Criteria evaluation
facility and meet the security criteria for evaluation assurance level (EAL)

EAL4+ accreditation examines a product’s design, software development
methodology, and security mechanisms. EAL4+ is the highest level of
accreditation under the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) by 26

“Security is one of the most important considerations for enterprise customers
and we are proud that BlackBerry 7 OS has earned this rigorous certification,”
said Scott Totzke, senior vice president, BlackBerry Security at RIM.

RIM is
committed to independent, third party security testing and certifications of
BlackBerry products. RIM is active in the Cryptographic Module Validation
Program in North America, United Kingdom CESG Assisted Product Service (CAPS)
and International Common Criteria evaluation scheme.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server has been previously awarded EAL4+ certification
and the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution has also been previously approved for
storing and transmitting sensitive data by the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization as well as government organizations in the United States, Canada,
the United Kingdom, Austria, Australia and New Zealand.

EAL4+ certification for other BlackBerry 7 OS smartphones including the
BlackBerry Bold 9930, BlackBerry Torch 9850, BlackBerry Curve 9350, BlackBerry
Curve 9370 and Porsche Design P’9981 Smartphone from BlackBerry are expected
early next year.

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