BlackBerry has some good news for once; its BlackBerry 10 smartphones have won approval by Nato for classified communications up to the level of Restricted, which could see the firm find a lucrative niche for its handsets.
BlackBerry announced that its BlackBerry 10 smartphones, when used in conjunction with the BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10, have become the first to be approved by Nato for classified communications up to the level of "Restricted".
Although "Restricted" is the lowest of four levels of classification specified by Nato, the move could represent an opportunity for BlackBerry, as the certification allows agencies in Nato countries across North America and Europe to use BlackBerry 10 smartphones in the office and in the field.
It could also provide a boost by demonstrating to potential enterprise customers, government agencies and firms in regulated industries, that data handled by BlackBerry 10 smartphones is as secure as it can be.
Welcoming the move, BlackBerry senior vice president of security Scott Totzke said that the firm had created the BlackBerry 10 platform from the ground up with the highest security needs of government and enterprise customers in mind.
"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 defence and government customers," he said.
The announcement could provide a lift to BlackBerry, which has had a run of bad news recently, such as revelations that it has been forced to write-off $934m for its second quarter earnings of 2014.
The firm has also announced plans to take itself private via a partnership with Fairfax Financial Holdings, which is already a stockholder in BlackBerry shares.
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