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."