CESG Approves BlackBerry 7.1 OS for Government Use

CESG Approves BlackBerry 7.1 OS for Government Use 
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 12/18/12 -- Research In
Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced that the
BlackBerry(R) 7.1 operating system has been approved for UK
government use by CESG, the National Technical Authority for
Information Assurance in the UK. The approval enables public sector
workers to utilise the enhanced performance and rich functionality of
the latest BlackBerry(R) smartphones available in the UK. 
The BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Solution from RIM is the only mobile
solution approved by CESG to protect data classified up to and
including 'Restricted' when configured in accordance with CESG
guidance. According to a recent research study from Strategy
Analytics(i), the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution not only provides
the most secure mobile platform but also the lowest total cost of
ownership (TCO) for mobile deployments. The study considered typical
industry best practices, using the UK government as an example. 
Scott Totzke, SVP, BlackBerry Security Group, RIM, said, "As we have
seen from the recent Strategy Analytics report, the BlackBerry
Enterprise Solution remains unique in that it not only delivers the
highest level of security for government customers, but also the
lowest total cost of ownership in the industry. It's a compelling
proposition that has seen our solution widely deployed across UK
public sector organisations, including the NHS, local government
bodies, the Ministry of Defence (MoD), most of Central Government and
over half of the UK's police forces. 
"The CESG approval of the BlackBerry 7.1 OS enables our valued
government customers to allow their employees to take advantage of
the enhanced features and improved services offered by the latest
iteration of the BlackBerry operating system." 
The BlackBerry Enterprise Solution has delivered benefits at many
levels in public sector organisations, including significant cost
savings, greater workforce efficiencies and, in turn, an improved
service to citizens. For example, by extending core processes and
systems to frontline officers, UK police forces using BlackBerry
smartphones have been able to reduce the time officers are required
to spend at their desks, enabling them to spend more time policing
the streets. Furthermore, a number of police forces are using the
BlackBerry smartphone apps for Twitter(R) and Facebook(R) to change
the way they engage with local communities to deliver enhanced
frontline policing. 
BlackBerry 7.1 OS smartphones currently available in the UK and
covered by the new approval from CESG include the BlackBerry(R)
Bold(TM) 9900, BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) 9790, BlackBerry(R) Torch(TM)
9860, BlackBerry(R) Torch(TM) 9810, BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 9380,
BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 9360, BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 9320 and
Porsche Design P'9981 from BlackBerry smartphones. 
Notes to editors 
(i) The study was commissioned by RIM. "TCO & Security of Enterprise
Grade Mobility", Strategy Analytics, October 2012. For a copy of the
full report, please visit:
http://uk.blackberry.com/business/StrategyAnalyticsReport.pdf 
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