GCHQ Study's Show Blackberry is Safest

RIM's BlackBerry smartphone is the safest handset to hold highly sensitive data, acoording to a new report by the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

The report was produced by the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance at GCHQ, the CESG, in collaboration with the telecoms industry, and it monitored various other leading brands like Apple's iPhone, Nokia, Windows Mobile and many more, with the RIM BlackBerry topping the list.

Also, a "smartphone security guidance" was issued for public sector workers on the basis of this study.

A CESG spokesman said, "These security procedures cover architectural issues (such as recommended network layout, recommendations for operational monitoring), configuration advice, user education and training suggestions, and information on residual risks that senior risk owners will need to take into account."

RIM released this official statement : "BlackBerry is proud to remain the only smartphone solution approved for the communication of classified information in UK Government. Because of the security of our platform, BlackBerry smartphones have been deployed widely in the Public Sector and we have helped enable public sector organisations to deliver more efficient and effective services as highlighted in our work with the UK Police Service where we have helped Forces save £112m."

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