CESG offers BlackBerry, Android and Chrome OS security guidance

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The Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG) has issued fresh security guidance to help companies to safely deploy BlackBerry 10.2.1, Android 4.4 and Chrome OS devices.

The updated guidance is available now on Gov.uk and is part of the Cabinet Office’s End User Device Security Framework. It provides details on how each platform can be configured to meet the initiative’s security recommendations, and also offers a breakdown of the threats and security issues around each of the operating systems.

The CESG noted the guidance is not an endorsement for BlackBerry 10.2.1, Android 4.4 or Chrome OS and is only designed to help improve the UK’s overall cyber security.

The CESG highlighted each platform’s virtual private network (VPN) and encryption powers as key areas companies should be aware of and manage.

“The VPN [on the three platforms] has not been independently assured to Foundation Grade, and does not support some of the mandatory requirements expected from assured VPNs. Without assurance in the VPN there is a risk that data transiting from the device could be compromised,” reads the guidance.

“Native data encryption [on the three platforms] has not been independently assured to Foundation Grade, and does not support some of the mandatory requirements expected from assured full disk encryption products. Without assurance there is a risk that data stored on the device could be compromised.”

The guidance is one of many government initiatives designed to help bolster UK companies’ cyber resilience. The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) launched the opening stage of the fifth Cyber Security Challenge, in a bid to find the next crop of UK cyber talent in May.

The UK and Israeli governments signed a letter of intent to launch a new cyber security research project designed to fund the creation of next-generation anti-hacker technologies prior to the challenge’s launch.

10 June 2014 | 11:23 am – Source: v3.co.uk
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