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Force Smart Card Two Factor Challenge Response IT policy rule


This rule specifies whether the user must choose a smart card certificate to use with smart card two-factor authentication.

This feature is designed to increase the security of smart card two-factor authentication, but when it is turned on, a BlackBerry® device requires more time to unlock.

Default value

The default value is False.


If you change this rule to True, when the user unlocks a BlackBerry device, the BlackBerry device sends a challenge to the smart card to verify the authenticator module for the smart card.

If you change this rule to True, to use a BlackBerry device, a user must have a BlackBerry® Smart Card Reader, and must install a smart card driver and a BlackBerry Smart Card Reader driver on the BlackBerry device.


A BlackBerry device uses this rule only if you configure the Password Required and Force Smart Card Two Factor Authentication IT policy rules to True.

Minimum requirements

  • Java® based BlackBerry device
  • BlackBerry® Connect™ version 4.0
  • BlackBerry® Device Software version 4.2
  • BlackBerry Smart Card Reader software version 1.5
  • BlackBerry® Enterprise Server version 4.0 SP6

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