What’s Behind BlackBerry 10.3.3

Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for Devices, Ralph Pini, explains the BB 10.3.3 update.

We saw the latest version of the BB10 operating system start rolling out to some users last week. Ralph Pini has taken to the Inside BlackBerry blogs to explain what 10.3.3 means for users.

Pini announces the update as BlackBerry 10.3.3 for Government Release. What this means is that this newest version of BB10 has the “strictest government-grade security tests” and has achieved National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) certification.

NIAP will award the following Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) level certifications to BB 10.3.3 for:

  • Mobile Device Protection Profile
  • IPSec VPN Client Protection Profile
  • Mobile Device Management Agent Protection Profile

“BlackBerry 10.3.3 also includes 3rd party Certificate Manager APIs, in order to allow 3rd parties to store key material in the platform’s protected storage.” Pini writes, “At BlackBerry, security is in our blood, and our clients know it. We work directly with 13 of the G20 governments. We were recently awarded the highest score in 6 out of 6 high-security use cases by Gartner, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense’s STIG certification for BlackBerry 10 and BES12. The latter two add to our total of 80+ certifications and approvals – more than any other mobile provider.”

What does this mean for the user? First of all, it means that there is a new update for our beloved phones, and that is a good thing. It means that those prosumers among us that choose BB10 can be sure that we have the most secure smartphones available. It means that enterprise customers can feel safe, knowing that their information will be safe and secure within their mobile fleet. And it means that governments can use BB10 in even more segments than they were before.

BB10 is not the first mobile platform to receive a NIAP certification. Apple previously obtained NIAP certification with iOS 9.3.2 provided an MDM agent is used. Samsung received NIAP certification on their Galaxy devices utilizing Android Marshmallow. With every BlackBerry 10 phone receiving the update, from the Z10 to the Passport, no one else offer’s the choice which BlackBerry does. More importantly, as Pini stated above, this NIAP certification is just one more certification BlackBerry has under their belt, which is already more than any other mobile phone maker.

With BlackBerry’s recent pivot with putting software first, it’s very comforting to see that even our oldest BB10 hardware is receiving the benefits.

The BB 10.3.3 update is subject to carrier approval, if you have yet to receive it, contact your carrier and ask when they shall be releasing it to you. Or head to our forums to get help loading it now.


Source: Inside BlackBerry


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