The Canadian-based mobile maker, BlackBerry has denied the reports of UK Government's security group, which claimed its latest BB10 operating system is not secure enough to be used for highly sensitive government work.
The Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) of UK Government has examined security checks in the BlackBerry device running BB10 OS and has rejected the OS for using them in government operations, UK newspaper The Guardian has reported and later pulled back the story.
The report claims that the operating system has failed to clear some security requirements in the Blackberry Balance app. The BlackBerry Balance app is designed to separate work and personal accounts in the device and to prevent data copying between the two accounts,
This news comes as a bit surprise, the BlackBerry 10 is known as the one among the secured operating till date. However, the company's earlier version BB7 OS was among the few mobile platforms which have managed to pass the security checks by the UK government.
Meanwhile, BlackBerry's spokesperson has strongly rejected the report and said it is "both false and misleading."
"BlackBerry has 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," the spokesperson told PCWorld.
"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 re-structuring 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 BlackBerry statement continued.
"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 U.K. government."
Meanwhile, a spokesperson from UK Government Communication Headquarters had clarified that, "We are in ongoing discussions with BlackBerry about the use of BlackBerry 10 in government. We have not yet performed a security evaluation 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 using Balance). We have a strong security partnership with BlackBerry and this gives us confidence that BlackBerry 10 is likely to represent a viable solution for UK Government."
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