June 26, 2013
BlackBerry Unveils ‘Secure Work Space’ Support For iOS, Android
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
The new feature means employees will no longer have to use a BlackBerry for work, and an iPhone or other device for their personal use.
The move is part of BlackBerry’s attempt to retain its sizeable base of enterprise users at a time when growing numbers of people are using their personal smartphones for work-related activities.
The new Secure Work Space features will be managed through BES 10, a back-end system launched early this year that allows BlackBerry's clients to control mobile devices on their internal networks.
When used to manage Android and iOS devices, the enhancement will allow corporate IT managers to separate corporate email, calendars, contacts, tasks, memos, Web browsing and document editing from personal apps and data, which could be less secure.
“Mobility is fundamentally transforming how we live and work. 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," said David Smith, executive vice president of Enterprise Mobile Computing at BlackBerry.
"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."
The long-anticipated Secure Work Space features could help BlackBerry sell more high-margin services to enterprise clients – even those whose workers rely on rival smartphones.
BlackBerry has installed some 18,000 BES 10 servers since the system was launched in January, up from about 12,000 servers a month ago. More than 60 percent of US Fortune 500 companies are currently testing the system.
The BES 10 server software is free to download, although annual licenses for Secure Work Space cost $99 per year for each device. BlackBerry is currently offering a 60-day free trial of BES 10 with 50 corporate licenses and 50 Secure Work Space licenses.