RIM’s BlackBerry and PlayBook devices on display for government employees at a recent conference. Feds have lost that BlackBerry loving feeling.

Research In Motion is still at least three months from shipping phones based on its new BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system. But the company has shipped at least one thing in time for Christmas—a government security certification for its unreleased phones.

In an effort to stem losses from its most loyal base—government agencies—RIM announced today that BlackBerry 10 devices had received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification for their cryptographic modules. FIPS 140-2 is a basic requirement for any device to be used by US federal agencies for “sensitive” communications—which includes internal unclassified email and voice communications.

FIPS certification has long been RIM’s foot in the door with government customers, and it’s why BlackBerry has remained dominant in the government market as its overall market position eroded. But that dominance is now threatened—in part because of RIM’s loss of market share everywhere else.

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