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Fraunhofer SIT certifies BlackBerry security

Fraunhofer SIT certifies BlackBerry security
Fraunhofer SIT certifies BlackBerry security

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heise online UK
27 November 2008

Two years ago, the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information 
Technology (SIT) in Darmstadt presented the first results of a study 
commissioned by Research in Motion (RIM). Now the certification and the 
accompanying research report are available. Fraunhofer SIT has 
reconfirmed that no hidden functions or backdoors were found, and 
neither RIM nor any third parties have access to the data within the 

The certification, which is valid until the end of 2010, is valuable as 
a marketing tool. A close look at the report is especially recommended 
for companies that already use BlackBerry smartphones. Starting on page 
23, for example, SIT suggests a number of measures that increase the 
architecture=E2=80=99s security and were applied in the certified configuration. 
Some of these measures include using a firewall to separate the 
attachment service from other parts of the enterprise server, using AES 
instead of 3DES, and not saving master encryption keys on the message 


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