Feeds

Chin up, BlackBerry. We know who still loves you: The cuddly Pentagon

Department of Defense has plans for 80,000 Canadian smartmobes

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Ailing BlackBerry has received a new vote of confidence from the US Department of Defense, which has reaffirmed its commitment to the Canadian firm's platform for a major mobile communications initiative due to launch this year.

According to a press release issued by the DoD's Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) last week, some 80,000 BlackBerry devices will be part of the Pentagon's new Mobility Implementation Plan, version 1.0 of which will begin rolling out on January 31. The plan lists the equipment that can be used by military personnel for official business.

That makes BlackBerry far and away the leading supplier of mobile devices for DoD staffers. By comparison, iPad 3 and 4, iPhone 4S and 5, Samsung 10.1 tablets and 3S phones, and Motorola RAZR handsets only account for 1,800 devices under the plan.

Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry has long touted its US government bona fides as one of its top selling points, even as the popularity of BlackBerry devices in the private sector has waned.

Last May, it announced that its new BlackBerry 10 OS had been approved for use by the DoD, which has long supported the earlier BlackBerry 7 platform. And in August it received the Pentagon's coveted "Authority to Operate" designation, making BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 the only mobile device management software that's been authorized for use on DoD networks.

The first phase of the Pentagon's new mobility effort will start the phased rollout of mobile device management capabilities for DoD devices, including managed lists of approved devices and supported cellular networks, plus support for DoD public key infrastructure (PKI).

It will also see the launch of a new mobile app store for DoD applications, including enterprise email, a global address list, and help desk applications. The program supports 16 mobile applications so far and more than 90 more are in the process of being vetted for deployment.

"The mobility program is not business as usual for IT procurements," DISA's release claims. "DISA is working to create a secure  adaptive mobile environment necessary incorporate the steady advancement of technology, including application development, changing security architecture requirements, and continuous enhancement of equipment."

Whatever the Pentagon's goals, however, the announcement came as music to the ears of long-suffering BlackBerry shareholders. The company's stock price climbed as much as 10 per cent to reach $10 on Tuesday, after languishing at below $9 – and often well below – for the past several months. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’
Catapult me a Mojito, I feel an Digital Innovation coming on
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else
Spill those Android secrets, or we’ll fine you
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.