Press Release: BlackBerry 7 OS Approved by CESG for Government Use

CESG BlackBerry Os 7
By Adam Zeis on 17 May 2012 09:14 am EDT

Press Release

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 17, 2012) - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced that CESG, the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance in the UK, has approved the BlackBerry® 7 operating system for government use. The approval enables public sector workers to utilise the enhanced performance and rich functionality of the latest BlackBerry smartphones available in the UK.

The BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution from RIM is the only mobile solution approved by CESG to protect material classified up to and including 'Restricted'.

Stephen Bates, UK Managing Director, RIM, said: "We're pleased to see CESG taking such positive steps to help ensure UK government workers have access to the latest suite of BlackBerry 7 smartphones. Thanks in part to our industry leading security credentials, BlackBerry smartphones are widely deployed in UK public sector organisations including the Ministry of Defence (MoD), most of Central Government and more than half of the UK's police forces, NHS and local government organisations. BlackBerry smartphones are enabling greater efficiencies and improved citizen service by providing access to data such as patient records, the Police National Computer and other government systems at the point of need."

Using the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution has led to striking savings and improved citizen service across many public sector bodies, including UK police forces who are using BlackBerry smartphones to increase productivity amongst officers and to enable them to spend more time on the streets and less time in the station.

BlackBerry smartphones currently available in the UK and covered by the new approval from CESG include the BlackBerry® BoldTM 9900, BlackBerry Bold 9790, BlackBerry® TorchTM 9810, BlackBerry Torch 9860, BlackBerry® CurveTM 9360 and BlackBerry Curve 9380.

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Reader comments

Press Release: BlackBerry 7 OS Approved by CESG for Government Use


Hopefully the recent government approvals give a sales lift for the next couple of quarters. The numbers may be lowish until BB10 launches.

/Device agnosticism or bust!

This will help RIM, but the govt sales are not that huge compared to general consumer market. If RIM going to support all the Android apps and get rid of BIS for consumer devices, it will help them for sure. A lot of people I know hate RIM for BIS and lack of apps.

As long as governments keep balloning out to a ridiculous size, there will always be a place for RIM's security conscious business division. Secrets need to be kept people, and RIM can keep other people's secrets safe!

Key to mention here that is DOES NOT INCLUDE OS 7.1 (there for you can not use OS 7.1 for UK restricted work) and requires a minimum version of OS 7 to be compliant.

I wonder what the red tape is like for all these government approvals? I would imagine it is quite a bit, how long has OS 7 been out, and we are now finally seeing the UK government and the DoD in the states approve the BB 7 devices. When BB10 launches I hope to hear governments from around the world approve BB10 devices on launch day or soon after. I think this would push the professional side of BB10, but it would also allow those on the BYOD bandwagon to use BB10 as their primary work and non-work phone.
I don't know just some thoughts.
I can't wait for BB10!


That's always the case with large organizations, they delay the implementation of new technologies (especially software) until the trial runs have been completed via the public for at least a year. Plenty of organizations here in Canada (and probably globally) are still running on windows xp because if it works, there is no need to upgrade for the sake of upgrading.