Fixmo Sentinel is an interesting product that resulted from a R&D agreement with the NSA built on a product (AutoBerry) developed originally for the DoD. It allows the government to ensure the integrity of the devices on their network and check if they have been tampered with. There is quite a bit of irony in the NSA developing such a product due to recent news but still the idea is to make sure that devices start and remain in a “trusted state.” Now Fixmo and BlackBerry are bringing that integrated functionality to BlackBerry 10 federal customers through an integrated app. That should help them funnel more BlackBerry 10 devices into the federal government. The irony is that Fixmo is one of BlackBerry’s biggest competitors in the MDM space against BES 10.
Check out the details below:
Fixmo and BlackBerry Collaborate to Bring Fully Integrated Solution for Government and Enterprise Customers on BlackBerry 10
STERLING, Va. & WATERLOO, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Fixmo, a leading provider of mobile security and risk management solutions, and BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: 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.