This was surprising news to be me as the BlackBerry 10 operating system had already steamrolled through FIPS Certification before it had even launched.
The Guardian continued to report that the Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) had rejected BlackBerry 10 as not being secure enough for use within the government.
Since then, the article has been removed from the website. The CESG have publicly stated:
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.
In fact, the closing paragraph in the CESG’s statement clearly states “The BlackBerry 10 platform is likely to represent a viable solution for UK Government.”
Can’t be clearer than that, can it?
In fairness to the journalist at the Guardian, Charles Arthur, he has categorically stated that he didn’t write the explosive line that claimed that the UK Government was rejecting BlackBerry 10 due to security concerns via Twitter:
“it’s not the first line of the story, and the story nowhere says that. I don’t write headlines or “standfirst” (as that’s known)”
Also, the statement from the CESG came after the article was published. Mistakes had been made, but the right thing was done by the original article being removed. As Charles Arthur is the main technology journalist over at The Guardian, I hope that the experience won’t put him off giving future BlackBerry news and reviews a fair viewpoint.
In the meantime, we’ll wait to see if BlackBerry 10 achieves the necessary security certification or not to be used in the UK. The Guardian’s main point of the original article, that the UK public sector is a key market for BlackBerry is as relevant as it was yesterday morning.