BlackBerry PlayBook becomes first tablet certified for U.S. Government


Research In Motion (RIM) announced that it has received
FIPS 140-2 certification for the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, making the
BlackBerry PlayBook the first tablet certified for deployment within U.S.
federal government agencies.


No other tablet on the market has gained FIPS (Federal
Information Processing Standard) certification from the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST), which is required under the Federal
Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA).


RIM is pleased to announce that the
BlackBerry PlayBook is the first tablet approved under FIPS for use within the
U.S. federal government,” said Scott Totzke, senior vice president,
BlackBerry Security, Research In Motion.


“This certification demonstrates our continued
commitment to meeting the needs of security-conscious organizations and enables
the U.S. federal government to buy with confidence knowing that the PlayBook
meets their computing policy requirements for protecting sensitive
information,” Totzke added.


BlackBerry PlayBook is a powerful, ultra-portable tablet
that fits comfortably in one hand. It has a stunning 7-inch high resolution
display, offers true multi-tasking capabilities and a high-fidelity web


It also allows for secure pairing with BlackBerry
smartphones via the BlackBerry Bridge app, which enables users to access their
BlackBerry smartphone’s email, calendar, address book, memo pad, task list, BBM
(BlackBerry Messenger) and browsing functionality using the larger display on
the tablet.


The FIPS-certified BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is being
showcased this week in Washington DC at FOSE the largest Federal government
information technology conference in the U.S. where BlackBerry PlayBook has
just been awarded Best in Show, and also Best of FOSE in the Handheld Devices


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