BlackBerry secures iOS and Android in the enterprise
By Digital News Asia July 1, 2013
- Secure Work Space separates work and personal apps and data
- New option with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, a free download
WATERLOO, Ontario-based BlackBerry has announced the availability of a new security solution that it claims separates work and personal apps and data on iOS and Android devices.
Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is a new option with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (version 10.1.1) that offers customers with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy a solution with the best combination of security, user experience and total cost of ownership.
BlackBerry designed Secure Work Space to meet the management, security and cost needs of the CIO (chief information officer), and the user experience and functionality that employees demand, the company said in a statement.
Since launching in January, 18,000 BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 servers have been installed by customers around the world, and Secure Work Space for iOS and Android has been trialed globally with BlackBerry customers since the launch.
According to Forrester Research (Mobile Is The New Face Of Engagement, Feb 23, 2012), in 2016, 350 million employees will use smartphones and 200 million will bring their own devices to the workplace.
Secure Work Space offers an ideal BYOD mobile security solution, providing organisations the flexibility to embrace BYOD without sacrificing security, BlackBerry said.
On a personal iOS or Android device, users with Secure Work Space get integrated email (with attachment viewing), calendar and contacts for productivity, as well as secure browser access to intranets and document editing capabilities with BlackBerry’s Documents To Go.
With corporate data separated and controlled within the Secure Work Space container, these standard apps can be deployed with confidence to any user, together with other apps chosen by the company, the company claimed.
BlackBerry is also working closely with app partners such as Box to power business collaboration in the cloud.
“Mobility is fundamentally transforming how we live and work,” said David J. Smith, executive vice president, Enterprise Mobile Computing at BlackBerry.
“As our dependency on mobile solutions grows, and as a greater variety of mobile devices enter the workplace, the need for solutions to manage and secure these devices has never been greater.
“In today’s ‘bring your own device world’, Secure Work Space is a differentiated solution that brings key elements of the BlackBerry security platform and mobile device management to iOS and Android devices,” he added.
The Secure Work Space solution also enables customers to save considerable effort, administration and expense as they no longer need to configure and manage expensive VPN (virtual private network) infrastructures to provide mobile device access to data and apps that reside behind their corporate firewalls.
The BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 server software is free to download. Annual client access licences (CALs) for Secure Work Space are US$99 (MSRP) per year per device. BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 is also available as a 60-day free trial bundle that includes 50 EMM Corporate CALs (providing device management for BlackBerry 10, iOS, and Android devices) and 50 Secure Work Space CALs.
The free trial can be downloaded here. For more information on BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 visit http://www.bes10.com/.
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