BlackBerry 10 rejected by UK government - not secure enough
Apparently, the cause for all this is the new BlackBerry Balance software feature, which aims to create two separate experiences on a single BlackBerry 10 handset - one for business and one for personal matters. It's not yet clear exactly why this feature is causing problems.
The security levels which these devices are trying to reach aren't the highest possible. BlackBerry 7 and iOS, for example, have managed to obtain clearance for use in the "restricted" security level, and that is said to be two levels below the top "secret" security level. Unfortunately for BlackBerry, BB 10 will not be allowed even in the "restricted" level for the time being, which is really bad news for the company, as the government sector is one of the markets where it's been traditionally strong, and it's not like it could afford to lose any customers right now, especially when it comes to those beefy government orders.
1. darthinvader (Posts: 63; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
iOS got the "restricted" certification?? UK govt. didnt see the lockscreen breach I guess :P
12. regkilla (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)
The lockscreen issue has been fixed since yesterday's release of iOS 6.1.3
16. Ohrules (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
and been bypassed again on 6.1.4
check out GSMArena blog for more
21. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
They should give everyone a James Bond - Skyfall edition Xperia T
2. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 312; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
It's really painful watching all this bad happen to blackberry. Even though I have yet to experience BB10, it must be just okay. Feel really bad for them :(
18. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
I feel great...They are dying a slow death and will soon be out of business!
25. Xtasy (Posts: 276; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
Nothing bad happening to them and they are not dying u douche! Go ahead and read the reviews....It's only the beginning hahahaha
/wirelessBuyFlow?forwardTo=Pho neThenPlan&productType=normal& productId_Detailed=RIMLBLK&N=5 2+11+4294948709
3. wendygarett (unregistered)
I don't think ios is secure too FYI :)
26. Xtasy (Posts: 276; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
Blackberry is the most secure no matter what...Android allows all your info to be sent to google for marketing purposes so nothing is safe there
37. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
MS does the same thing. And its not all your info.
Check hotmail or outlook.com for ads...they will be based on search history and sites visited.
4. Ohrules (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
13. renaissance (Posts: 9; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
PA was so happy, so they decided to repost negative news about BB.
5. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
God save The Queen [from Blackberry]
8. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
The UK are fools, plain n simple
10. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
right, and you keep on living on your lalala land...
9. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
looks like windows phone is going to take the place of blackberry
11. Hemlocke (unregistered)
No wonder Thorsten was critical of Apple the other day: iOS isn't just eating Blackberry's lunch, it is also eating their breakfast and dinner.
14. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
BB 10 is great, why the UK government reject it? I guess they don't even know what is "SECURE".
15. Aeires (unregistered)
Translation: we want to go with a different OS.
17. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
hahah Thorsten...another reason your product sucks. Blackberry will fail soon and we will never ever have to hear from them again
24. slaggyb (Posts: 191; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Nicholas oliver is a complete loser who just happens to change user names.. but is obvious from his useless comments regarding any blackberry article
20. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
PA readers knows more than the UK government on what's secure and not secure. News at 11.
23. StreetNerd (Posts: 719; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
BB 10 may be great... but its a fact that they dont meet the security requirements... nothing more nothing less
27. renaissance (Posts: 9; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
Here's the official word from CESG on the matter:
"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."
(Crackberry) // check today's article.
41. axllebeer (Posts: 266; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)
Thank you. I read the same thing. The whole article on PA this time was a waste of a read.
28. renaissance (Posts: 9; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
I don't understand why so many people are so aggressive to platforms other than their own. From the customer point of view we all just win from competition. Stop writing stupid comments and provide some objective opinion.
29. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
This is false, Phone Arena please investigate good before posting information that is unaccurate
30. Stuntman (Posts: 750; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
I know with BB10, you split the phone in half. Half is personal and half is business. Part of this security is that it prevents your business from messing with the personal half of the phone and vice versa. A business can wipe the business half of the phone if for instance that person stopped working there. However, the personal side is safe from the business.
32. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
LOL this is very funny. But then this was part of the undoing of Blackberry- the lies that have always found their way onto sites such as this one.
33. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
iPhonearena... Always so quick to down anything that's not Crappy Apple. This story is FALSE and The Guardian has backtracked on this statement---->http://m.crackberry.com/guardi
This site has printed a number of Blackberry stories that have turned out to be false. Please do your research guys and print retractions/updates when necessary.
34. ant55 (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
Stop spreading lies phone arena. Your story is false and you have no credibility whatsoever. This story was refuted by the UK Govt. If you had a shred of decency or integrity you would print a retraction and apologize to Blackberry for posting this useless garbage. Thank god some of us here keep you honest.
38. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
edit.... just saw the new posts about the story...
39. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 167; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
LOLZ. Even iBGR took the time to correct their story in an update. These clowns here don't do their due diligence.... at all.
40. AlMal (Posts: 29; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Had know idea that the government likes to use BB so much. Free instant messaging, I guess :).