The UK’s Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) has apparently rejected its approval of BlackBerry 10. Although, it’s not quite as bad as some of the headlines are making it out to be. BlackBerry offered this statement:
“We have 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 restructuring 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 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 UK government.”
Though, no timeline for getting BlackBerry 10 approved is known. If not approved, BlackBerry could lose millions in lost revenue by not being the device of choice for the UK government and NHS.