Navy locks down BlackBerrys

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NavyThere 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.

  • Airman

    I work for the Air Force, and our BB8800s lock after an hour of unused activity. Amusingly, we were able to get them purchased and approved only to come and find out the Air Force has not approved the 8800 model for use. We were told we may have to turn them in and get 8700s. Ridiculous.

  • alan k

    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.

  • Airman

    I work for the Air Force, and our BB8800s lock after an hour of unused activity. Amusingly, we were able to get them purchased and approved only to come and find out the Air Force has not approved the 8800 model for use. We were told we may have to turn them in and get 8700s. Ridiculous.

  • alan k

    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.

  • Martin

    I did not expect the US Navy to be so permissive. We (German Bank) have the same restrictions (except GPS) plus the device gets locked after 30 minutes inactivity and after 60 minutes even if the user is active. Not to mention that we don’t have any desktop software installed…

    Why is GPS disabled? Is there something we should know about GPS?

  • Martin

    I did not expect the US Navy to be so permissive. We (German Bank) have the same restrictions (except GPS) plus the device gets locked after 30 minutes inactivity and after 60 minutes even if the user is active. Not to mention that we don’t have any desktop software installed…

    Why is GPS disabled? Is there something we should know about GPS?

  • Dan

    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.

  • Dan

    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.