Research In Motion (TSX: RIM / NASDAQ: RIMM) announced late last week that its BlackBerry smartphones running on the new BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 7.1 Operating Systems have received FIPS 140-2 certification by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC).

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 is required under the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA).

Owners of the BlackBerry Bold 9900, 9930, 9790, as well as, the BlackBerry Torch 9850, 9860, 9810, plus the BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360, 9370 and 9380 will all benefit from the certification.

Scott Totzke, RIM's Senior V.P. of BlackBerry Security, said: "The FIPS 140-2 certification for BlackBerry 7.0 and 7.1 illustrates RIM's continuing commitment to providing industry-leading, secure, mobile computing platforms for our customers. With all of the latest BlackBerry smartphones and the PlayBook tablet certified under the FIPS program, government and security-conscious customers can deploy our entire range of products with confidence."

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet received FIPS 140-2 validation in July 2011.

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