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Samsung Makes Move On Enterprise Mobile Market With BlackBerry Security Tech

By - Source: Blackberry

The 2015 Mobile World Congress is currently under way in Barcelona and Samsung has already hit it big with the announcement of their new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. However, the tech giant hasn't forgotten about the IT crowd. Together with BlackBerry, Samsung announced the availability of BlackBerry security technology as part of Samsung KNOX, including WorkLife and SecuSUITE. The two companies entered into a partnership last November.

"Workers are tired of carrying two devices and companies are growing sensitive to the risks of having company assets tied to personal smartphones. With the introduction of these new services from BlackBerry, the needs of both enterprises and their employees will be met with Samsung KNOX devices," said Injong Rhee, EVP of Enterprise Business, IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. 

WorkLife by BlackBerry is a split billing software for BYOD (bring your own device) and COPE (corporate-owned, personally-enabled) devices. The software allows businesses to assign a company-owned phone number to employee's devices so the call and messaging usage of that number can be billed separately from the employee's private number. This number can be assigned to another device at any time.

BlackBerry is also bringing the SecuSUITE communications security software to KNOX Samsung devices. SecuSUITE allows end-to-end encryption of voice and SMS data with the help of a security card installed in the device. This solution does require use with BlackBerry's BES12 enterprise mobility management platform.

Some of BlackBerry's security technology will also be made a part of Samsung's Business Services platform, to be released later this year.

"Working with Samsung, we'll be able to provide a great experience for both SecuSUITE and WorkLife on Samsung's KNOX-enabled devices," said Billy Ho, EVP of Enterprise Product and Value Added Solutions at BlackBerry. "With these great choices, companies won't need to choose between security and compliance on one hand and employee choice and productivity on the other."

WorkLife will be available for KNOX devices later this year, pricing will vary depending on carrier. You can sign up for notifications about WorkLife on KNOX here. SecuSUITE is due to be released in the fall of this year.