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Dubal boss: I fully support the Blackberry ban

Dubai Aluminium's IT chief has come out in favour of blocking the Blackberry service if no solution can be found to the current impasse.

As an enterprise, we don’t need to monitor BBM, says Dubal's Al Mulla.
As an enterprise, we don’t need to monitor BBM, says Dubal's Al Mulla.

As the Blackberry standoff between RIM and the UAE continues without a resolution in sight, Dubai Aluminium's (Dubal) top IT boss has added his voice to those in favour of blocking the service.

Ahmad Al Mulla, vice president of IT, believes that people often misunderstand what the real issue is behind the Blackberry situation: "What is going on is nothing to do with security. What is going on is to do with national security. What happens is that on the Blackberry, things are encrypted. If you try to do anything, the national security guys cannot see or interfere."

"For me, this is security - that is why it is a national concern. I fully support what the government is doing. They are absolutely right," he states.

Al Mulla goes on further, stating that in the restricted Blackberry space, much of what occurring is against the cultural ethos of the UAE.

"A lot of people can take rumours and say things using the Blackberry Messenger (BBM). Also, the internet is open and people can access any site from it. It's also a very fast media to distribute news. That is a big concern from the national security point of view."

But as far as Dubai's infrastructure  is concerned, adds Al Mulla, he is personally satisfied with the level of security that the Canadian manufacturer offers. He also doesn't monitor what's happening in the devices in his organisation.

"From the enterprise security [point of view] there is absolutely no issues. It's good security for the enterprise - my e-mail is going and I know it's secure and encrypted.  As an enterprise, we don't need to monitor BBM. We don't care about BBM as an enterprise. It is not our concern at all," he categorically states.

For more of Ahmad Al Mulla's comments, look to the cover story in this month's copy of Network Middle East about Blackberry security.