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Android 4.4 Kitkat, Blackberry 10.2.1 and Chrome OS get updated security guidance

CESG offers advise for public sector workers
Tue Jun 10 2014, 14:28
House of Parliament at night on River Thames

THE COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONIC SECURITY GROUP (CESG) has released updated security guidance for Android 4.4 Kitkat, Blackberry 10.2.1 and Google's Chrome OS to help public sector workers safely deploy the mobile operating systems.

CESG, the information security arm of GCHQ, has updated its security guidance in order to help public sector security architects, system administrators and individual public sector workers to deploy and use the mobile operating systems securely.

The guidance is available at, and provides details on how each platform can be configured to meet the initiative's security recommendations, and also offers a breakdown of the threats and security issues for each of the operating systems.

CESG said, "Building on the Cabinet Office's End User Device Security Framework, this updated guidance provides advice to those deploying devices by providing details on how particular platforms can be configured to achieve the key security recommendations contained in the Framework."

However, the CESG is keen to note that the guidance is not an 'endorsement' for Android, Blackberry or Chrome OS, nor does it mean it has approved the software for use.

"Rather than being an 'approval' or 'endorsement' by CESG of any of these products, this guidance helps organisations to understand and manage the risks associated with the different devices, as part of their normal risk management processes," it noted.

The CESG noted that minor updates have also been published this week for guidance on iOS 7, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, while Samsung Knox guidance was rebooted last month. µ


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