British government disputes reports that it rejected BlackBerry 10 for security reasons

BB10 'likely to represent viable solution,' UK security group says in response to Guardian story

By , Computerworld |  Mobile & Wireless

A British government security group said Wednesday said it hasn't yet evaluated the security of BlackBerry 10 devices such as the Z10.

The UK Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) statement was issued following a report Tuesday in the Guardian newspaper that it had rejected the BB10 and its Balance software over security worries.

In a statement on its Web site, the CESG concluded that its security history with BlackBerry "gives us confidence that the BlackBerry 10 platform is likely to represent a viable solution for the UK government."

The CESG didn't reference the Guardian directly but said it issued the statement following press reporting about the security of the BlackBerry 10 platform. The Guardian report, first published late Tuesday EDT, was headlined, "BlackBerry software ruled not safe enough for essential government work ... CESG rejects BB10 software in new Z10 handset, dealing blow to Canadian firm in key market."

BlackBerry quickly called press reports that the BB10 had been rejected as "false and misleading."

In a statement emailed by a spokeswoman, BlackBerry said the BB10 had already won a vital security clearance from the U.S. government for FIPS 140-2 certification and had been picked by the German Procurement Office and Federal Office for Information Security.

The full CESG statement, BlackBerry 10 in Government, follows:

"Following press reporting on 20 March 2013 about the security the BlackBerry 10 platform, CESG has issued the following statement:

"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."

The full emailed statement from BlackBerry follows:

"Media reports alleging that BlackBerry 10 has been 'rejected' for U.K. government use are both false and misleading.


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