Windows Phone 8 Security Accreditation Achieved!
Microsoft and it’s loyal Windows Phone 8 users can breath a collective sigh of relief. This week Microsoft has just announced that the Windows 8 phone has received accreditation from the governmental authorities for their smartphone operating system.
The certification was awarded by the Communications Security Establishment in Canada and the US, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, specifically the Cryptographic Module Validation Program. This is huge for the Windows Phone 8 community.
The accreditation is called FIPS 140-2, which may make the Windows Phone 8 a key player in governmental and organizational data security use. FIPS 140-2 is used to examine tablets and devices and award them for exceptional data security technology, and they complete this process by way of cryptographic algorithm. In total the Windows Phone 8 has received a resounding 9 cryptographic certificates, which is noteworthy due to the fact that it opens up a large opportunity to expand into enterprise usage as well.
Windows Phone 8 accredited certificates are as follows:
- Kernel Mode Cryptographic Primitives Library
- Boot Manager
- Bit-locker Windows OS Loader Bit-locker Dump Filter
- Cryptographic Primitives Library
- Enhanced DSS and Diffie-Hellman Cryptographic Provider
- Code Integrity
- Enhanced Cryptographic Provider
- Bit-locker Windows Resume
Ok ok, but what does this mean for users?
So, enough with the tech talk, what does this really mean for the average user? Lack of security is a reason for many developers not to choose to develop for a platform. Now, because the Windows Phone 8 has officially achieved this certificate, it will open up a large market for application developers to make more apps for the phone. A common complaint about the OS was a lack of applications.
The smartphone community seems to be swayed less by added features and more by compatibility, apps and security as time goes on. So, this is a perfect opportunity for the Windows Phone 8 to capitalize on the emerging trend. The more people are going to use the platform the more developers will be inclined to to develop new apps for the phone. Which is good news for the Windows phone community that is dying for more and more apps, akin to the Android and iOS app markets that are blossoming, with billions of app downloads in just a few short years.
It has been hard for Windows to gain a large fan base in the smartphone market for some time, so the FIPS 140-2 could significantly increase Microsoft’s customer base within businesses, organizations, and governments. Something most don’t know is that not all smartphone operating systems are supported on the job. With the new certification, it will make the Windows Phone 8 a great choice for employees to use while in the field. Virtually all those who are concerned about data security will be looking towards the new Windows Phone 8 with a new set of eyeballs so to speak. That being said, this is a significant move forward for the Windows phone.
Not only will they broaden their horizons but also they will start to win over a good portion of the smartphone community, they hope at least! Windows has always been a key player in the enterprise field, and this is just another testament to their capabilities as an emerging smartphone manufacturer and enterprise favorite.