BlackBerry 10.1 (EMM-Regulated) EUD Security Guidance

This guidance is applicable to devices running BlackBerry OS 10.1 in EMM-Regulated mode. The guidance was developed following testing performed on Z10 and Q10 devices running BlackBerry OS 10.1.

BlackBerry 10 devices can be configured into one of two Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) modes, depending on which tariff the account is provisioned with – EMM-Corporate or EMM-Regulated. As the controls and risks associated with each mode are different, the BlackBerry 10 guidance has been split into two chapters – one for each mode.

If required, EMM-Regulated mode needs to be enabled by your carrier and requires a specially provisioned tariff. This might also be known to the carrier as the “BlackBerry Advanced Service Plan” or “Corporate Liable mode”.

When deciding whether to deploy BlackBerry 10.1 in EMM-Corporate or EMM-Regulated mode, departments should consider not only the security implications, but also cost and usability associated to the two modes. Where the department deems the residual risks of using EMM-Corporate to be acceptable they should feel free to do so.

1.Usage Scenario

BlackBerry devices will be used remotely over 3G, 4G and non-captive Wi-Fi networks to enable a variety of remote working approaches such as

accessing OFFICIAL email;

reviewing and commenting on OFFICIAL documents;

accessing the OFFICIAL intranet resources, the Internet and other web-resources.

To support these scenarios, the following architectural choices are recommended:

All data should be routed over a secure enterprise VPN to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the traffic, and to allow the devices and data on them to be protected by enterprise protective monitoring solutions.

BlackBerry Balance is disabled where possible to minimise the risk of the device being attacked or data leaking from the personal perimeter of the device.

Arbitrary third-party application installation by users is not permitted on the device. An enterprise application catalogue should be used to distribute in-house applications and trusted third-party applications.

2.Summary of Platform Security

This platform has been assessed against each of the twelve security recommendations, and that assessment is shown in the table below. Explanatory text indicates that there is something related to that recommendation that the risk owners should be aware of. Rows marked [!] represent a more significant risk. See How the Platform Can Best Satisfy the Security Recommendations for more details about how each of the security recommendations is met.

1. Assured data-in-transit protection
There are two types of VPN:
1. BlackBerry VPN
2. IPsec VPN

Neither of the VPNs have been independently assured to Foundation Grade.

There is currently no assurance scheme to assess the strength and robustness of the proprietary BlackBerry VPN.
2. Assured data-at-rest protection
The device’s data encryption has not been independently assured to Foundation Grade. Encryption keys protecting sensitive data remain in device memory when the device is locked.
3. Authentication

4. Secure boot

5. Platform integrity and application sandboxing

6. Application whitelisting

7. Malicious code detection and prevention

8. Security policy enforcement

9. External interface protection

10. Device update policy

11. Event collection for enterprise analysis
[!] There is no facility for collecting logs remotely from a device, and collecting forensic log information from a device is very difficult.
12. Incident response

2.1 Significant Risks

The following key risks should be read and understood before the platform is deployed.

The VPNs have not been independently assured to Foundation Grade, and do not support some of the mandatory requirements expected from assured VPNs. These is currently no assurance scheme for the proprietary BlackBerry VPN, though it is based on technology which was previously assessed under the CESG Assisted Product Service (CAPS). Without assurance in the chosen VPN there is a risk that data transiting from the device could be compromised.
The device’s native data encryption has not been independently assured to Foundation Grade, and does not support some of the mandatory requirements expected from assured full disk encryption products. Without assurance there is a risk that data stored on the device could be compromised.
BlackBerry 10.1 does not use any dedicated hardware to protect its keys. If an attacker can get physical access to the device, they can extract password hashes and perform an offline brute-force attack to recover the encryption password.
Encryption keys protecting sensitive data in the corporate perimeter remain in device memory when the device is locked. This means that if the device is attacked while powered on and locked, keys and data on the device may be compromised without the attacker knowing the password.

3. How the Platform can Satisfy the Security Recommendations

This section details what is required to meet the security recommendations for this platform.

3.1 Assured data-in-transit protection

Use the native BlackBerry VPN client as neither VPN is approved, but BlackBerry recommend the native client. Should an approved IPsec VPN become available it may be preferential to use the approved version.

3.2 Assured data-at-rest protection

Use the device’s native data encryption. The corporate perimeter is protected when powered off, but is not protected when the device is locked. The key is protected in hardware and not available until the user’s password has been entered for the first time after boot.

3.3 Authentication

Use a strong 9-character password to authenticate users to the device. On first use after boot this password unlocks a key which encrypts certificates and other credentials, giving access to enterprise services.

3.4 Secure boot

This requirement is met by the platform without additional configuration.

3.5 Platform integrity and application sandboxing

This requirement is met by the platform without additional configuration.

3.6 Application whitelisting

An enterprise application catalogue can be established to permit users access to an approved list of applications in the corporate perimeter. If the personal perimeter is enabled, the enterprise cannot whitelist applications users can install. This could be procedurally managed via user policies.

3.7 Malicious code detection and prevention

Use an enterprise application catalogue which should only contain approved in-house applications which have been checked for malicious code. Disable side-loading of applications by disabling Developer Mode via policy. The enterprise should filter content-based attacks by scanning on the email server.

3.8 Security policy enforcement

Settings applied through BES cannot be changed by the user.

3.9 External interface protection

Wi-Fi, NFC and the use of USB interfaces can all be disabled.

3.10 Device update policy

The enterprise can update applications remotely using the BES, and can check which device software versions are in use.

3.11 Event collection for enterprise analysis

BlackBerry 10 does not support remote or local historic event collection for enterprise analysis of security incidents, though the devices can be configured to forward sent messages (eg SMS) to the enterprise for logging. More information on logging is given at

3.12 Incident response

BlackBerry 10 devices can be locked, wiped, and configured remotely by their BES.

4. Network Architecture

Recommended network architecture for BlackBerry 10 deployments

The provisioning terminal should only be used for managing the BES and BlackBerry devices, and should not be used for accessing the Internet or any other corporate applications.

5. Deployment Process

To prepare the enterprise infrastructure:

Obtain SIM cards on an EMM-regulated tariff from the carrier.

Procure and set up a BES Server which is compatible with BlackBerry 10.1 and later devices;

Deploy and configure the requisite network components as described previously;

Create configuration profiles for the end-user devices in line with the guidance given in this document;

Enterprise and User certificates will need to be installed into the shared folder on the BES under the ‘certs’ folder. This includes any Certificate Authority certificates that are not registered externally.

6 . Provisioning Steps

To provision each device to the enterprise infrastructure:

Put the appropriate SIM cards purchased earlier into the device and connect it to the Provisioning terminal via USB;

Assign the device to a user and upload the IT policies and any software configuration to the device.

On the device, confirm that the work data on the device will be reset and that the new workspace will be encrypted. Then enter a new password for the device. The personal side will be disabled and the whole device will be encrypted.

7. Policy Recommendations

The following IT Policy settings should be applied to BlackBerry 10 devices by creating configurations on the BES. Other settings (e.g server address) should be chosen according to the relevant network configuration.

General Section

Mobile Hotspot Mode and Tethering
Hardware Section

Bluetooth Discoverable Mode
Bluetooth File Transfer Using OBEX
Bluetooth MAP
Logging Section

Log Submission
CCL Data Collection
Password Section

Minimum Password Length
Minimum Password Complexity
At least 1 letter, 1 number, and 1 special character
Security Timeout
Maximum Password Attempts
Maximum Password History
Maximum Password Age
Security Section

Network Access Control for Work Apps
Media Card Encryption
BlackBerry Bridge
Application Security Timer Reset
Work Data Uses Only Work Network
Backup and Restore Device
Computer Access to Device
Software Section

Find More Contact Details
Hotspot Browser
Media Sharing
Non-email Accounts
Other Email Messaging Services
User-Created VPN Profiles
Wireless Service Provider Apps

8. Enterprise Considerations

8.1 Proprietary VPN

The BlackBerry VPN is a proprietary set of technologies which operate differently to the remote access functions of other platforms in this guidance set. As such, organisations wishing to deploy BlackBerry 10 in conjunction with other remote access solutions may need to consider how to integrate the two disparate solutions into the same network architecture. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server can be used to facilitate this through its Universal Device Service component.

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