RIM announced today from Rome that the BlackBerry Enterprise Server and handheld software have received Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 2 augmented at the 8th International Common Criteria Conference. “Common Criteria,” whatnow? Common Criteria is a security evaluation standard, meaning BlackBerrys aren’t necessarily meeting specific security features, but are rather categorizing all of their characteristics so that they can be evaluated within the same framework as other technologies. This makes testing a lot easier, since everything within the Common Criteria is covering the same bases. CC blankets a range of IT equipment across 25 countries, but BlackBerrys are the first mobiles to get on the list. Go RIM! Gold star time.