BlackBerry today announced that BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and BlackBerry 10 smartphones have been the first to be approved by NATO for classified communications up to the level of “Restricted”. This allows agencies in NATO countries to use BlackBerry 10 smartphones in office or field. Here’s what Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President of Security at BlackBerry, said:

“We built the new BlackBerry 10 platform from the ground up with the highest security needs of our 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 defense and government customers.”

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This is a very important achievement for BES 10, since it grants assurance to organizations with security concerns, including government agencies and other organizations dealing with sensitive information, that the data going through their BlackBerry 10 smartphones is safe.  BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 integrates end-to-end security, and uses AES 256-bit, the highest encryption level of the standard, for data at rest and data in transit.