BlackBerry today announced that the U.S. Defense Information System Agency has awarded the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones with BES 10, the Authority to Operate on Department of Defense networks. BlackBerry is the first Mobile Device Management provider to obtain an this award.

With the ATO, DISA is now developing the infrastructure to support BlackBerry 10 smartphones. DISA is architecting the capacity to support 10,000 BlackBerry 10 smartphones by this fall and 30,000 by the end of 2013 on DoD networks.

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“Being the first smartphones to be supported on U.S. Department of Defense networks further establishes BlackBerry’s proven and validated security model,” said Scott Totzke, SVP, BlackBerry Security Group at BlackBerry. “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.”

Once again, as always, BlackBerry stands at the top when it comes to security. For more information about you can visit www.blackberry.com/BB10.