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RIM, now BlackBerry, have had a difficult few years. A dwindling market share, coupled with high profile outages, has caused the consumer to lose faith in the once powerful platform. But for RIM, the Enterprise was always going to be a steady source or income, wasn’t it?

Well, maybe not for long. The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced plans to order 630,000 iDevices to add to their ranks. While this isn’t really newsworthy, it’s the 210,000 various iPhone models that will replace the current crop of BlackBerry handsets that catches the eye most of all.

BlackBerry was always known for their secure device for mobile email and data in the past. But times have changed and Google, Apple and Microsoft have caught up to, and in this case have surpassed, BlackBerry at their own usually reputable game. According to Electonista, the BB10 OS just isn’t compatible with the DoD’snew mobile plan that was introduced last month. In fact, BlackBerries running OS 7.1 would have been incompatible with the same mobile plan.

With 470,000 BlackBerries in use within the DoD, having nearly half that number retired due to iPhone use will be a blow to BlackBerry’s hopes of a resurgence with BB10 devices. Just this week, both BlackBerry and the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) had to both state that the OS had not yet been put through its paces for secure government use.

So, where does that leave the BlackBerry platform? With the funds gone, the DoD will likely not be investing in any new BlackBerry handsets anytime soon. And don’t forget, this puts Apple in a very strong position in a massive enterprise site, giving them bragging rights over Google and Microsoft in the Mobile space.

US Department of Defense: Bye bye BlackBerry, hello iPhone! – Neowin.

BlackBerry Z10

The BB10 software in the new BlackBerry Z10 handset has been rejected as not secure enough for essential government work

BlackBerry executives will no doubted have quaffed plenty of champagne with the news last week that the company had secured its largest ever handset order, for one million BlackBerry 10 handsets, bringing a welcome boost of confidence to the fledgling platform.

But there’ll be no celebrations in the BlackBerry boardroom following an unwelcome assessment of the platform by the UK’s Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG), which assesses the suitability of devices for use in official government activities.

The Guardian reports that the CESG has rejected BlackBerry 10 as not being secure enough, and that tests on the BlackBerry Balance software – which isolates work and personal accounts, apps and settings from each other – as well as on the underlying BB10 operating system, failed to meet the Group##Q##s requirements and standards for approval.

BlackBerry 7.1, the previous generation of the company’s OS, was approved in December 2012 for work involving government classifications up to the ‘Restricted’ level, something which BlackBerry was keen to highlight in a statement, in which it added that BlackBerry is the only mobile solution to have received that clearance from the UK Government. The company’s statement continued:

We are continuing to work closely with CESG on the approval of BlackBerry 10, and we’re confident that BlackBerry 10 will only strengthen our position as the mobile solution of choice for the UK government.”

The news comes at an awkward time for BlackBerry, which is preparing to launch the Z10 in the United Stateslater this week.

BlackBerry software ruled not safe enough for essential government work | Technology | guardian.co.uk.

Google quite frequently offers up cash to those who can find security holes in its software, and if you are headed to Pwnium this year, you can walk away with a serious amount of cash.

Google is offering up $3.14159 million to anyone able to hack the Chrome OS. Now, they will not be giving this amount to one individual but will be offering up a piece of that Pi to anyone who can find and exploit a flaw in Chrome OS via a web page.

Google will be giving out $110,000 for each temporary compromise or $150,000 for each compromise that is able to survive a reboot of the machine. One stipulation is that the flaw must be executed on a Samsung 550 Chromebook that is using a WiFi connection

For Google, while this may sound expensive, it’s actually a cheap way to have someone else do your security work and find holes before they are uncovered in the wild and executed. While this is not a lazy approach as Google has a security team working on the OS, no single entity is perfect. By crowdsourcing its security efforts alongside its internal procedures, it helps to make the OS more secure which is a benefit to the end user.

The Pwnium contest will take place in Vancouver in March

Google to offer up $3.14159 million if you can crack Chrome OS – Neowin.