A technology representative demonstrates the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone using Blackberry 10. DoD granted the BlackBerry 10 models authority to operate on Defense networks. (SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images)
Government stalwart mobility provider BlackBerry got some additional leverage on March 27 in the form of full operational capacity for its BlackBerry 10 to run on Defense Department networks.
The FOC designation comes from the Defense Information Systems Agency, which is overseeing much of DoD’s push toward mobility. BlackBerry is the first mobile provider to receive FOC, and it follows the August announcement of authority to operate its BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 smartphones with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 management solution.
The granting of FOC enables government users with a BlackBerry 10 smartphone connected with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 to securely access email, data, apps and other DoD network resources, according to a BlackBerry press release.
BlackBerry was the first mobile device management provider to earn ATO and becomes the only vendor so far with FOC. The FOC designation completes BlackBerry’s security certification process with DoD.