BlackBerry 10 Fails to Pass Security Requirements for UK Government
March 20, 2013 9:51 AM
It's unclear when BlackBerry will resubmit any revised software to the CESG
BlackBerry took a huge hit from the UK recently, as its new
BlackBerry 10 (BB10) devices
failed to make the cut for use in the British government.
BlackBerry's BB10 devices and BlackBerry Balance software have been denied by the UK's Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG). The new line reportedly isn't secure enough for daily government duties.
"We have 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," said BlackBerry in a statement. "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 US 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 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."
BlackBerry's previous software -- version 7.1 -- was cleared for classifications as high as "Restricted."
This is bad news for BlackBerry, which has had a tough time competing with the likes of
Apple and Android-powered devices
BlackBerry has even been pushed aside in many corporate and government environments in favor of iOS and Android recently.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ditched their BlackBerrys in May 2012 in favor of iPhones while the Immigration and Customs Enforcement followed suit in September. In October, the Defense Department left its BlackBerrys behind and chose to go with Android and Apple devices instead while the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
left BlackBerry for a new fleet of iPhone 5s
the U.S. Defense Department announced that it will
open its communications networks to iOS and Android
devices by next February.
But BlackBerry is attempting to make a comeback with its
new BlackBerry 10 software and line of devices
. The new line was announced in January 2013, and
the new Z10 will ship in the U.S. on March 22.
But it looks like the Z10 hasn't had a lot of luck in the UK so far. Analysts, such as James Faucette from Pacific Crest, say that Z10 sales in the UK have slowed considerably since launch -- and this doesn't provide a good outlook for the upcoming BB10-based Q10 smartphone.
It's unclear when BlackBerry will resubmit any revised software to the CESG.
"It seems as though my state-funded math degree has failed me. Let the lashings commence." -- DailyTech Editor-in-Chief Kristopher Kubicki
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