Given the amount that the two RIM CEO’s talk about security, I’m surprised they don’t have a bigger entourage than – who’s popular nowadays? – Matt Lauer (I kid)? But during a recent speech, one of said CEO’s, Mr. Mike Lazaridis, weighed in on the topic and gave some great insight to wireless security and the BlackBerry.
He says security is undoubtedly the top priority, and who’re we to disagree? All I have to say is “thank you”, I guess, for keeping my information under wraps as well as it is in my BlackBerry.
â€œWireless mobile security is multifaceted,â€ he said, speaking at the FOSE IT-in-government trade show in Washington, D.C. â€œI know it looks complicated, but it is.â€
Lazaridis used much of his keynote speech to push the security features of BlackBerry devices, including extensive encryption and the companyâ€™s decision not to include cameras on most of its devices.
In many government settings, cameras are not allowed, he said. BlackBerry devices have gained security certifications in several countries, including the U.S., U.K., Canada and the Netherlands, and NATO has authorized them for use with sensitive information, he said.
He also talked about the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader, a Bluetooth device released in October that works with common-access cards now being rolled out across the U.S. government. The reader, light enough to be carried on a lanyard around a userâ€™s neck, can control access to BlackBerry devices or PCs. When the user walks a few meters away with the card reader, the BlackBerry or PC locks out other users.
Security remains the top focus at RIM, he said. â€œThere really is no such thing as good enough when it comes to security,â€ he added. â€œIn security, when something goes wrong, itâ€™s really bad.â€