Printed from http://www.electronista.com

BlackBerry Q10, Z10 given 'authority to operate' on DoD networks

updated 05:25 pm EDT, Thu August 8, 2013

ATO expected to add 40,000 BlackBerry devices to fleet

BlackBerry today announced the US Defense Information System Agency (DISA) has given BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 the "authority to operate" order (ATO) on Department of Defense networks. The company claims that the two smartphones are the first of its products to be given the authority to operate under new IT guidelines.

With the ATO, DISA is now developing the infrastructure to support BlackBerry 10 smartphones. DISA is expecting to build up the capacity to support 10,000 BlackBerry 10 smartphones by this fall and 30,000 by the end of 2013 on DoD networks, dependent on funding. Lack of an ATO doesn't completely prohibit operation on DoD networks, but does limit the access the devices have to classified services.

Senior Vice President Scott Totzke of the Security Group at BlackBerry said of the order that "with foreign entities -- governmental and criminal -- ramping up attacks on electronic communications and information systems, BlackBerry provides government agencies with a proven partner that follows top-to-bottom security protocols."



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Asus Chromebook C300

When Chromebooks hit the market back in 2011, consumers didn't know what to do with them. The low-cost laptops, powered by Google's Ch ...

Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth headphones

Looking for a pair of headphones that can do everything a user requires is a task that can take some study. Trying to decide on in-ear ...

Lemur BlueDriver

"Oh no, the check engine light is on…again! What one of the hundreds of reasons could it be this time? Probably going to cost a fort ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News