Canadian manufacturer BlackBerry (formerly known as RIM) suffered a bit of a blow last month when it was revealed that the US Pentagon would open its doors to iOS and Android in February 2014.
On a vaguely similar note, BlackBerry 10 has been rejected for ‘Restricted’ government work in the UK on account of security concerns.
BlackBerry OS 7.1 was approved by the CESG (Communications-Electronics Security Group) in December last year, for sensitive UK government work up to ‘Restricted’ level.
And while BlackBerry boasts that it’s “the only mobile solution” deemed suitable for such work, BlackBerry 10 has failed to secure the same approval.
It’s not clear what the CESG’s concerns are in particular, but one of the key features of BlackBerry 10 is something called Balance, which allows independent work and personal profiles.
Putting a brave face on things, a statement from BlackBerry explains: “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.
"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."
via: Guardian (retracted)
"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 the 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."
(Thanks to tapi)