RIM’s BlackBerry Gets Nod of Approval for Government Use in UK

Last week, the US Department of Defence awarded Research In Motion’s BlackBerry 7 a security certification. Today, RIM’s platform got a similar nod of approval in the UK.

Indeed, RIM’s BlackBerry, which remains the most secure mobile platform, has been approved by CESG, the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance in the UK, for government use.

RIM says that this approval enables public sector workers “to utilise the enhanced performance and rich functionality of the latest BlackBerry smartphones available in the UK.”

RIM also notes that the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution is the only mobile solution approved by CESG to protect material classified up to and including “Restricted.”

“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,” said Stephen Bates, UK Managing Director, RIM. “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.”