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Blackberry dismisses claims that Blackberry 10 is rejected by the UK government

It's not secure enough
Wed Mar 20 2013, 14:11
BlackBerry Z10

CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Blackberry has moved quickly to dismiss claims that its Blackberry 10 operating system has been rejected by the UK government after failing to pass security tests.

Reports emerged on Wednesday claiming that the Blackberry 10 operating system, which features on the Blackberry Z10 and upcoming Blackberry Q10 smartphones, didn't get clearance from the UK's Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG).

However, the firm has moved quickly to debunk these claims, telling The INQUIRER that reports are false and that Blackberry 10 is yet to go through the approval process.

"Media reports alleging that Blackberry 10 has been ‘rejected' for UK government use are both false and misleading.

"Blackberry has a long-established relationship with CESG and we remain the only mobile solution approved for use at 'Restricted' when configured in accordance with CESG guidelines. This level of approval only comes following a process which is rigorous and absolutely necessary given the highly confidential nature of the communications being transmitted.

"The current restructuring of this approval process, due to the Government Protective Marking Scheme review and the new CESG Commercial Product Assurance scheme has an impact on the timeline for Blackberry 10 to receive a similar level of approval. The U.S. government's FIPS 140-2 certification of BlackBerry 10 and the selection of Blackberry 10 by the German Procurement Office and Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) underline how our new platform continues to set the standard for government communications.

"We are continuing to work closely with CESG on the approval of Blackberry 10 and we're confident that Blackberry 10 will only strengthen our position as the mobile solution of choice for the UK government."

The CESG has backed up Blackberry's claims, telling The INQUIRER that reports are indeed false.

It said in a statement it said, "Discussions with Blackberry are ongoing about the use of the Blackberry 10 platform in government. We have not yet performed an evaluation of the security of that platform, but we expect to be issuing Platform Guidance in the summer. This will cover a number of platforms including Blackberry 10 (and the use of 'Balance').

"We have a long standing security partnership with BlackBerry and this gives us confidence that the Blackberry 10 platform is likely to represent a viable solution for UK Government." µ


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