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Old 12-05-2007, 03:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Contention protection encrypts your data and has three levels of encryption which are roughly 160, 283 and 517... or 571 I forget. Something like that. Higher levels are more secure but make for a bigger performance hit.

Problem is, I can't find much information beyond this. In a world where 128bit is still secure, why would you wish to push to 5xx? Because it's a static target? Since you're already password protecting the device, what additional protection beyond that does the encryption provide... I assume that this is to stop the BB being hooked up to a PC and the raw data pulled and translated using something that can bypass the password? At a guess.

Clarification would be much appreciated
Old 12-06-2007, 04:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am very much interested in this as well...anyone???
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Make sure that if you have content encryption enabled, you disable prior to wiping the device or else you will be sitting there with a device that wipes for 5hrs...
Old 12-06-2007, 04:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here is a breakdown of Content Protection

If content protection is turned on, BlackBerry device content is always protected with the 256-bit AES encryption algorithm. Content protection of BlackBerry device user data is designed to
-use 256-bit AES to encrypt stored data when the BlackBerry device is locked
-use an ECC public key to encrypt data that the BlackBerry device receives when it is locked

Strong: 160-bit ECC public key; provides good security and good performance, adequate for most situations
Stronger: 283-bit ECC public key; provides better security but slower performance than the Strong setting
Strongest: 571-bit ECC public key; provides the highest level of security but the slowest performance of the three settings

Security Wipe & Content Protection

The BlackBerry device wipe process is designed to delete all data in memory and overwrite memory with zeroes. If content protection is turned on, the BlackBerry device also uses a memory scrub process to overwrite the BlackBerry device flash memory file system. The BlackBerry memory scrub process complies with United States government requirements for clearing sensitive user data, including Department of Defense directive 5220.22-M and National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-88.

Generally, it is there to provide the level of data security that the most sensitive companies require.

The US Government requires this kind of security for their data as one example. They probably add smart cards as well.

Security Technical Overview

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