Navy locks down BlackBerrys

There are some unhappy seamen in the U.S. today, now that the Navy has locked down their BlackBerrys to some pretty rigorous standards. PIN-to-PIN messaging, GPS, the application loader and third-party program installations have all been restricted, and as usual users will have to cycle through alphanumeric passwords every 3 months. On top of that, after 5 unsuccessful log-ins the device gets locked down and local data erased. For extra security, BlackBerrys’ radio antennae will become deactivated whenever they’re hooked up to a desktop. To be fair, these aren’t incredibly tough standards to work with, especially for a military organization. It does, however, give corporate IT admins something to wave when their BlackBerry users complain about existing restrictions.

Comments [4 Responses]

alan k
October 26th, 2007 at 12:02 pm

These measures don’t look extraordinarily tough. I work for one of the wireless carriers, and have a blackberry. The measures you outline are almost the same as the ones enforced here.

Dan
October 28th, 2007 at 11:19 pm

I am the BlackBerry Administrator for a government agency in Australia & we have very similar IT Policies to those Martin mentioned. I’d be highly suprised & concerned if any Defence department, Government agency, or bank didn’t have such restrictive policies.

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