WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – July 21, 2011) – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) announced today that it has received FIPS 140-2 certification for the new BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) tablet, making the BlackBerry PlayBook the first tablet certified for deployment within U.S. federal government agencies. No other tablet on the market has gained FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is required under the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA).
FIPS (document) is a U.S. and Canadian government standard that specifies security requirements for cryptographic modules. A cryptographic module is the product being validated. FIPS 140-1 became a mandatory standard for the protection of sensitive data in 1994 and was superseded by FIPS 140-2 in 2001.