Recently rebranded Canadian company BlackBerry is appealing to the Communication Electronics Security Group after its latest mobile operating system was deemed as too unsafe for the British government’s highly sensitive data.
BlackBerry 10 was primed and ready to begin the reinvention of the former Research In Motion’s smartphone range and with the first host handset launched as the impressive Z10, the company’s year ahead looked promising. The platform’s first major blow has arrived today as the British government has rejected BlackBerry 10, stating that its security feature is not up to par with the previous incarnation, BlackBerry 7.1.
Having successfully been approved by the American government, BlackBerry 10 will arrive in the country in the next few weeks when the BlackBerry Z10 goes on sale there, and the mobile OS has also meet the security standards for high-level use in Germany. BlackBerry continues to ‘work closely’ with the CESG and both are looking into the BB10 software’s ‘Balance’ – a security feature which should offer greater protection to work data ‘in transit’ over personal mobile use and hope to get BB10 recognised as the mobile solution of choice for the UK government.