1. randomroyalty's Avatar
    I'm not an expert but doesn't the phone check to make sure everything is signed (not tampered with)...and doesn't BES allow for policy restrictions on software?

    "The U.S. Special Operations Command is looking for a way to secure BlackBerry 10 devices so that they can always function in a trusted state, reject unauthorized software and detect any signs of tampering."

    Special forces aiming to lock down BlackBerry 10 devices -- Defense Systems

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    Avenzuno, CDM76 and Thor1972 like this.
    04-17-15 02:20 PM
  2. mooda's Avatar
    seems like they want BES 12 with regulate licenses and a knowledgeable BES admin
    shahyaz, gvs1341 and CDM76 like this.
    04-17-15 02:30 PM
  3. Thunderbuck's Avatar
    They may well go with SecuSmart hardening, as the German government did for senior officials.
    shahyaz and kbz1960 like this.
    04-17-15 02:46 PM
  4. randomroyalty's Avatar
    Isn't secusmart a higher level of voice and data encryption?

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    04-17-15 03:37 PM
  5. deiop's Avatar
    Isn't secusmart a higher level of voice and data encryption?

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    Yes it is. Secusmart is all about encryption of the voice and data stream.
    It offers end to end encryption for voice calls f.e.

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    04-17-15 10:11 PM
  6. tickerguy's Avatar
    Yep. SecuSmart takes care of the remaining pieces (voice and text, mostly.)
    04-18-15 01:37 PM
  7. EchoTango's Avatar
    Clearly this is an RFI which in some cases is to ensure the contract bidding process is fair and open, even though the vendor is already chosen. There is nothing wrong with this as many vendors have unique skills or products which can only be provided by one vendor, in this case Blackberry. Alternatively, DOD can issue a sole-source contract which would then raise flags at the GAO and further complicate the contracting process.

    This is completely SOP, but it sure is nice the see BB10 as a hard requirement in the request.
    Thor1972 and Sulaco757 like this.
    04-18-15 02:58 PM
  8. white shirt only's Avatar
    Would be nice to see BlackBerry 10 taking off in some industries as it is vastly superior in terms of multitasking and security.

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    04-18-15 03:29 PM
  9. The Big Picture's Avatar
    04-21-15 11:19 AM
  10. tchocky77's Avatar
    Blackberry needs to find a way to give them whatever they're asking for and make it happen.
    05-11-15 01:53 PM
  11. TBone4eva's Avatar
    The NSA modified the hardware in President Obama's BlackBerry to make it even more secure before allowing him to use it. So, it's not unprecedented that special forces would also take additional security measures to increase their confidence that their communications are secure.

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    05-15-15 10:23 PM
  12. EchoTango's Avatar
    This is truly a rare case of "if they tell you what they use them for, they will actually kill you" !

    (no disrespect meant to our folks in uniform who put their lives on the line every day)
    05-16-15 08:33 AM
  13. qwerty4ever's Avatar
    This is truly a rare case of "if they tell you what they use them for, they will actually kill you" !

    (no disrespect meant to our folks in uniform who put their lives on the line every day)
    If anyone in the Special Forces of a nation tells you what they do, the person telling you should kill themselves because they are a proven security liability. Hooraaa!
    05-24-15 04:06 PM

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