March 14, 2013
The Canadian firm announced today its secure work space solution for iOS and Android, which will be managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, will be available by the end of June. Closed beta testing has already begun.
The company said an update for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, planned soon, will extend BlackBerry security capabilities for data-at-rest and data-in-transit while providing “complete separation between work and personal data.”
The BlackBerry secure work space solution includes secured client applications for e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks, memos, secure browsing and document editing for each device that is provisioned via BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.
“With BlackBerry Balance technology, we offer the industry’s only true compromise-free separation of work and personal data and applications,” enterprise mobile computing executive vice-president David Smith said in a statement. “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 (BYOD) 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 said its secure work space solution allows users to save time, energy and money because they will no longer be forced to configure and manage expensive VPN infrastructures to gain access to data and applications residing behind their corporate firewalls.
Also, additional applications can easily be secured and added to the workspace, without having to modify source code.
“The vast majority of Smartphones on the market aren’t adequately secure for corporate or government work,” said Enderle Group principal analyst Robert Enderle. “Currently BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 combined with BlackBerry Balance or Secure Work Space has the only volume solution which has been designed from the ground up to provide the security most IT departments require.
“With this announcement BlackBerry is expanding beyond their own top to bottom approach to security to address this need on other platforms. With this product BlackBerry is showcasing their security legacy by providing a stronger cross platform security solution than anyone else can in the market.”
More details are to be announced at the BlackBerry Live conference in May, in Orlando, Florida.