The certification allows agencies in all of NATO's 28 member states across North America and Europe to use BlackBerry 10 smartphones in the office or in the field.
“We built the new BlackBerry 10 platform from the ground up with the highest security needs of our government and enterprise customers in mind,” said Scott Totzke, the company's Senior Vice President of Security. “The fact that BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and BlackBerry 10 smartphones have been approved for classified communications just months after debut, is testament to the thoroughness of its design and our commitment to our defense and government customers.”
The news came just a day after the company announced that the National Police of Columbia would be shifting to to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.
The company recently announced a $4.7 billion deal with Fairfax Financial to take the firm private later this year. If the transaction is approved by regulators, BlackBerry hopes that a transition to being a private company, and a continued shift to high-end business and government clients, will allow management to focus on staging a comeback.