BlackBerry to Push Secure BYOD Service for iOS and AndroidHave your employees embraced a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy? BlackBerry still wants to do business with you, even if there are no actual BlackBerrys in sight.
With BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, BlackBerry offered support for third-party platforms, including Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, and now BlackBerry is touting Secure Work Space for those devices—an expansion of its own BlackBerry 10 platform’s BlackBerry Balance, which secures and separates work data from personal data. The service is currently in beta testing and will become available before the end of June 2013, according to the company.
Interested companies will need to invest in pricey BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 licenses to use Secure Work Space, which also eliminates the need for using VPNs to access corporate calendars, documents, intranets, emails and notes on personal devices.
Of course, BlackBerry isn’t the only brand offer this kind of service: Samsung is already marketing its similar Knox service to enterprises looking to make BYOD safer (at least for employees who want to buy Samsung devices).
Rachel RosmarinRachel Rosmarin's technology reporting experience goes back a decade to the dawn of Wi-Fi, smartphones and the Mp3. She has an in-depth knowledge of consumer electronics and has cultivated her love of useful new toys and innovative social software at publications including Tom’s Guide, Forbes, Business 2.0, Sound & Vision and Mobile Magazine. She holds degrees in Journalism and Science In Human Culture from Northwestern University and is based in Los Angeles.
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