CESG Approves BlackBerry 7.1 OS for Government Use

Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:00am EST

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Research In Motion

December 18, 2012 - 10:00:00 AM

CESG Approves BlackBerry 7.1 OS for Government Use

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2012) - 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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