Fixmo and BlackBerry Partner to Bring Sentinel Device Integrity and Tamper Detection Solution to BlackBerry 10
Fixmo, a leading provider of mobile security and risk management solutions, and BlackBerry (BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced plans to bring the Fixmo Sentinel device integrity verification and tamper detection solution to the BlackBerry 10 platform. Fixmo Sentinel is used today throughout the U.S. Federal Government to meet the Security Technical Implementation Guidelines (STIGs) for mobile device deployments. Today's announcement expands on a collaborative effort between Fixmo and BlackBerry that began in 2009.
Developed under a Co-operative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. National Security Agency, Fixmo Sentinel helps IT organizations ensure mobile devices start, and remain, in a known trusted state and within corporate compliance. Fixmo will offer a fully integrated version of Fixmo Sentinel for BlackBerry 10 smartphones that will enable Government agencies and Enterprise customers to track and audit all system-level and application-level modules residing on each smartphone. Enterprises and government customers will be able to proactively detect the installation of unverified or disallowed third party software and undesired changes to software configurations or settings, as well as attempts at malicious tampering or rooting of the operating system.
“BlackBerry 10 continues to be well received by government agencies and large enterprises looking to embrace the next wave of mobility in the workplace without compromising security or regulatory compliance,” said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security Group at BlackBerry. “Our collaboration with Fixmo is another important step in providing our government, DoD, and enterprise customers with the tools they need to meet stringent security and compliance requirements as they expand their use of mobile technologies and applications.”
Through a collaborative development project, Fixmo and BlackBerry are working to ensure that Fixmo Sentinel for BlackBerry 10 meets the evolving DoD STIG and Security Requirements Guide (SRG) specifications for mobile device management developed by the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The development project builds on the existing relationship between the two companies that began in 2009 as a collaborative effort to bring the NSA-developed AutoBerry technology to BlackBerry 7 smartphones across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
“BlackBerry is a critical platform for our government and enterprise customers, and we're seeing wide-spread demand for Fixmo Sentinel on BlackBerry 10 smartphones,” said Bruce Gilley, President of Fixmo U.S. “We're thrilled to be partnering with BlackBerry to deliver a tightly integrated version of Fixmo Sentinel that will enable our mutual customers to maximize their use of BlackBerry 10 smartphones while mitigating security and compliance risks.”
Fixmo Sentinel for BlackBerry 10 will be available to U.S. Government agencies as part of an exclusive Technology Preview program later this year. To learn more about Fixmo Sentinel, and to register for updates on availability for BlackBerry 10, please visit http://fixmo.com/products/sentinel.
Fixmo Inc. is the mobile risk management company that helps organizations identify, mitigate and manage the risks associated with mobile devices in the workplace. The company's MRM solutions enable protected and compliant mobile computing, helping organizations embrace a wide range of mobile devices and applications while maintaining system integrity, protecting confidential data and proving regulatory compliance. Fixmo's MRM technology has been developed as part of a Co-operative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Fixmo is headquartered in Sterling, Virginia and Toronto, Canada (http://fixmo.com).
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