The UK government's Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) has dismissed rumours suggesting BlackBerry 10 failed its security tests.
A CESG spokesman told V3 on Wednesday that while it is still testing BlackBerry 10's security features, it is optimistic the latest mobile OS will be approved for government use.
"We are in ongoing discussions with BlackBerry about the use of BlackBerry 10 in government," the spokesman said.
"We have not yet performed a security evaluation of that platform, but we expect to be issuing Platform Guidance in the summer, this will cover a number of platforms including BlackBerry 10 (and using Balance).
"We have a strong security partnership with BlackBerry and this gives us confidence that BlackBerry 10 is likely to represent a viable solution for UK government"
The news comes after widespread reports that the operating system had been blacklisted by CESG for government use.
BlackBerry has also denied the reports, claiming the CESG ruling on BB10 has been delayed due to a restructuring of its review process.
"The current restructuring of this approval process, due to the Government Protective Marking Scheme review and the new CESG Commercial Product Assurance scheme, has an impact on the timeline for BlackBerry 10 to receive a similar level of approval," the firm noted.
BlackBerry 7.1 was cleared for government use for classifications up to Restricted, two levels below Secret, in December 2012.
The firm said that it is still working closely with the CESG and is confident the OS will be approved when the body concludes its review.
"BlackBerry has a long-established relationship with CESG and we remain the only mobile solution approved for use at 'Restricted' when configured in accordance with CESG guidelines," added the BlackBerry spokesperson.
"We are continuing to work closely with CESG on the approval of BlackBerry 10 and we're confident BlackBerry 10 will only strengthen our position as the mobile solution of choice for the UK government."
BlackBerry 10 was released alongside the firm's flagship Z10 in February. The OS is designed to target the enterprise space and BlackBerry has marketed its security features as a key selling point.
For a full look at BlackBerry 10 and its features check out V3's written review or watch our video below.
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