Blackberry has dismissed reports that its BB10 software has been rejected by CESG.
In a statement sent to SC Magazine, BlackBerry called the media reports, which appeared in a number of publications including SC Magazine, the Guardian and Computer World, "both false and misleading".
The story originally stated that the operating system on the new Z10 device has been rejected after BlackBerry version 7.1 was cleared by the UK's Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) for classifications up to ‘Restricted' – two levels below ‘Secret', and that tests on BB10 and the BlackBerry Balance software have failed the same security requirements.
However Blackberry said: “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. 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 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 (BSI) 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 U.K. government.”
A statement from GCHQ, said: “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."