Navy-Marine Corps Put BlackBerry’s In Lockdown

I have seen some serious IT Policies over the years but this one took the cake. The Navy and Marines have locked down the BlackBerry’s under their control and turned them into 1 trick horses.  The new commandments say:

  1. Thou shalt not PIN people
  2. Thou shalt not use BlackBerry Messenger
  3. Thou shalt not use GPS
  4. Thou slalt NEVER install 3rd Party applications

I almost feel sorry for these guys. Some of the restrictions are just over the top. When you have your BlackBerry connected to your computer the wireless connection gets killed. On top of that all your phonecalls go immediately to voicemail and emails are held until you unplug. The irony of the whole deal is that they are only required to have 5 character passwords.

This reminds me of an old saying I love about security. “The ultimate security method is to just write the information down on a piece of paper and burn it. It’s unrecoverable and completely secure”

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