RIM has announced that the Blackberry Playbook has received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Certification, making the first (and only) tablet device to achieve Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 security certification.
This makes the Blackberry Playbook the only tablet currently available that even has a chance in hell of getting into any secure government agency. The thing about the government is that they like standards, they adopt them and they stick to them. Once the government picks a solution, they tend to stay with them for a long time. The proof of that can be seen in the fact that even while Blackberry continues to fail in the consumer market most government agencies still issue Blackberry’s and rely heavily on a customized Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) setup. In this respect, NOBODY does it better than RIM and its Blackberry product line in making products that are secure but give government agencies the kind of granular control they demand.
While folks are still experimenting with the ideas of bring iPad’s and Android tablets into the government fold, you can expect that any agencies serious about utilizing tablets will be making a beeline for the Playbook. Whether there will be enough interest to make any significant impact on RIM’s bottom line remains to be seen though. The one thing that it does reinforce is that when it comes to enterprise security and enterprise-level management infrastructure for mobile devices, RIM and Blackberry are leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. I didn’t even mention the fact that most financial and healthcare institutions value this certification as well. Check the video interview below with Michael K. Brown, Director of Security Product Management at RIM for more info on what FIPS 140-2 is and why it’s such a big deal to the government.