BlackBerry 10 rejected by UK government - not secure enough

BlackBerry 10 rejected by UK government - not secure enough
It turns out that Thorsten and company have overlooked a thing or two while designing the new BlackBerry 10 platform, which is currently available on the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 smartphones. After a strict security check by the UK's Communications Electronics Security Group, it has been concluded that the new OS is not safe enough for use by UK government workers. This comes as a small surprise, since BlackBerry 7 OS is among the few platforms which have managed to pass the tests.

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.

via: ZDNet

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41 Comments

1. darthinvader

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

iOS got the "restricted" certification?? UK govt. didnt see the lockscreen breach I guess :P

12. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

The lockscreen issue has been fixed since yesterday's release of iOS 6.1.3

16. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

and been bypassed again on 6.1.4 check out GSMArena blog for more

21. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

They should give everyone a James Bond - Skyfall edition Xperia T

2. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 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

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I feel great...They are dying a slow death and will soon be out of business!

25. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 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 http://www.rogers.com/web/link/wirelessBuyFlow?forwardTo=PhoneThenPlan&productType=normal&productId_Detailed=RIMLBLK&N=52+11+4294948709

3. wendygarett unregistered

I don't think ios is secure too FYI :)

26. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 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: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

13. renaissance

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

PA was so happy, so they decided to repost negative news about BB.

5. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

God save The Queen [from Blackberry]

6. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

What bout WP8?

7. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

downvote for a normal question? lol

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

The UK are fools, plain n simple

10. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

right, and you keep on living on your lalala land...

9. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 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

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

BB 10 is great, why the UK government reject it? I guess they don't even know what is "SECURE".

19. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Blackberry is pure garbage!

31. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Issue is BRIBE :)

15. Aeires unregistered

Translation: we want to go with a different OS.

17. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 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: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

PA readers knows more than the UK government on what's secure and not secure. News at 11.

22. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

get andriod

23. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 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: Mar 20, 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: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Thank you. I read the same thing. The whole article on PA this time was a waste of a read.

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