CESG Approves BlackBerry 7.1 OS for Government Use

Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:00am EST

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  LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, Dec 18 (MARKET WIRE) --
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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revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the
BlackBerry(R) solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services
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the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in
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America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the
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