BlackBerry Secure Work Space Expands iOS, Android Support
BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) is banking on the ongoing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend with plans to add new security and granularity to its platform to separate and secure work and personal data on iOS and Android mobile devices. BlackBerry Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, the company's multi-platform enterprise mobility management solution, will be managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 soon, the company said. Here are the details.
BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 update will add BlackBerry security capabilities for data-at-rest and data-in-transit and provide complete separation between work and personal data. BlackBerry Secure Work Space includes secured client applications for email, calendar, contacts, tasks, and memos, secure browsing and document editing for each device that is provisioned via BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. According to BlackBerry, administrators will no longer need to configure and manage VPN infrastructures to provide mobile device access to data and applications that reside behind their corporate firewalls, an improvement designed to save money and time.
“With BlackBerry Balance technology, we offer the industry's only true compromise-free separation of work and personal data and applications,” said BlackBerry Enterprise Mobile Computing Executive Vice President David J Smith. “With Secure Work Space for iOS and Android devices, we're extending as many of these features as possible to other platforms, critical in today's bring your own device world. BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 offers administrators a single, intuitive platform enabling them to effectively and securely manage a variety of devices while protecting their corporate assets and at the same time providing employees the flexibility they desire.”
BlackBerry's solution will also support BYOD policies for iOS and Android platforms, which are dominating the market, according to analysts' market share reports. In addition, a recent Sophos survey revealed that the BlackBerry operating system was more popular than Microsoft, but not as popular as Apple iOS and Android.
More details soon
BlackBerry stated that closed beta testing for Secure Work Space has already started and general availability will be offered by the end of the second quarter. More details on this solution will be announced at BlackBerry Live conference in May, 2013 in Orlando, Fla. While BlackBerry has only provided us with a snippet of what's to come so far, check back here for more details on the new solution.