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BlackBerry Recertification of ISO/IEC 5230:2020 and ISO/IEC 18974:2023

BlackBerry, an early adopter of ISO/IEC 5230:2020 and OpenChain Security Assurance Specification 1.1 (later ISO/IEC 18974:2023), has completed regular recertification for both standards. The recertification was completed in partnership with OSS Consultants, an official OpenChain Partner, and long-term collaborator in the open source governance space.

ISO/IEC 5230 and ISO/IEC 18974 have a regular recertification process to ensure that open source programs are up-to-date and match current organizational strategy and staffing. Recertification can be done through self-certification, independent assessment or third-party certification on a regular 18 month cycle. The OpenChain Project provides extensive certification support via its website:

“BlackBerry has a long history of cataloging, tracking, and securing its open source components that are bundled as part of its software supply chain. OpenChain has helped us bring together these capabilities and license compliance to have a more holistic open source management process. Having standards like OpenChain is a powerful tool that assures our customers that we take the security and integrity of our software supply chain seriously. As the security community continues to push forward with initiatives like the Software Bill of Materials, companies will need to implement standards like OpenChain to meet the demands of the growing list of customers who prioritize security.”- Christine Gadsby, VP of Product Security at BlackBerry.

“The use of standards like ISO/IEC 5230 and ISO/IEC 18974 provide a strong foundation for companies to manage their open source supply chain. The recertification process is a key part in ensuring processes are current and match products, services and strategy. BlackBerry, as a leader in the field of providing enterprise solutions, is also a leader in software governance and management. Their recertification to our standards for open source license compliance and open source security assurance underlines their stance at the forefront of sustainable, reliable software asset management.” – Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager.

“OSS Consultants is pleased to have partnered with BlackBerry to attain the first whole-entity ISO/IEC 5230 conformance in North America in 2022, the first whole-entity ISO/IEC 18974 conformance in early 2023, and again now to perform the recertification of both standards. This recertification for BlackBerry demonstrates their unwavering dedication to the security and integrity of their software supply chain.” – Russ Eling, Founder & CEO at OSS Consultants

About the OpenChain Project

The OpenChain Project has been building Trust in the Supply Chain Since 2016. Our vision is a supply chain where open source is delivered with trusted and consistent process management information. Our mission is to make that happen. The OpenChain Project has an extensive global community of over 1,000 companies collaborating to make the supply chain quicker, more effective and more efficient. Learn more at

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company’s software powers over 235M vehicles. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry’s vision is clear – to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere. 

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About OSS Consultants

OSS Consultants is a business dedicated to helping organizations of all sizes – from the world’s largest and well-known companies to small businesses and start-ups – design, implement, and manage the most efficient, comprehensive and robust open-source program offices and policies on the planet. Service offerings range from a scan and audit of your third-party and proprietary software to creating a full OSPO within your organization. Find more information at and follow @OSSConsultants.