or Connect
AppleInsider › Forums › Mobile › iPhone › BlackBerry to launch new enterprise security solution for iOS & Android
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

BlackBerry to launch new enterprise security solution for iOS & Android

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
BlackBerry announced on Thursday it plans to offer a solution that will separate and secure both work and personal data on the most dominant mobile platforms: Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

BlackBerry


BlackBerry's Secure Work Space will be available on platforms other than the company's own, as the smartphone maker looks to regain lost ground in the highly competitive mobile market. The Secure Work Space will be managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and is expected to launch in June.

The solution for third-party platforms will include secured client applications for e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks, memos, secure browsing, and document editing.

The service aims to give iPhone and iPad users the ability to access data and applications behind corporate firewalls without the need to manage and configure a VPN connection. BlackBerry touted Secure Work Space as "a secure and reliable solution" that it hopes will be the "clear choice for enterprises and governments" in allowing employees to bring their own iOS and Android devices into the corporate space.

"With BlackBerry Balance technology, we offer the industry's only true compromise-free separation of work and personal data and applications,? said David J. Smith, executive vice president of Enterprise Mobile Computing. ?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."

Closed beta testing for Secure Work SPace has already begun, and general availability is expected to be offered by the second quarter of this year. More details have been promised at the BlackBerry Live conference in May, to be held in Orlando, Fla.

"The vast majority of smartphones on the market aren?t adequately secure for corporate or government work," said Robert Enderle, principal analyst with Enderle Group. "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."

Last year, BlackBerry, then known as Research in Motion, launched its "Mobile Fusion" mobile device management software for enterprise customers. That added the ability to manage iOS devices, in addition to BlackBerry and Android handsets.

z10


Once a dominant player in the industry, BlackBerry has fallen on tough times in both the government and enterprise markets. The company has pinned its hopes on the newly launched BlackBerry 10 platform, and touted this week that an unnamed company in the U.S. has already placed orders for one million BlackBerry 10 devices.

"An order for one million devices is a tremendous vote of confidence in BlackBerry 10," said Rick Costanzo, executive vice president of Global Sales at BlackBerry. "Consumers are ready for a new user experience, and BlackBerry 10 delivers. With strong partner support, coupled with this truly re-invented new platform, we have a powerful recipe for success."
post #2 of 9
I wonder if they bothered to check with Apple. What they're suggesting will involve access to some very fundamental parts of iOS - and it will be interesting to see if they can do it without violating the App Store ToS.
"I'm way over my head when it comes to technical issues like this"
Gatorguy 5/31/13
Reply
"I'm way over my head when it comes to technical issues like this"
Gatorguy 5/31/13
Reply
post #3 of 9
I've always wondered how much a Blackberry BES actually costs, especially compared to something like Good Technology's solution. Is Blackberry the next Microsoft with its horrendous client licenses where the infrastructure cost can be greater than the cost of the hardware? I know BES is the best part of Blackberry but does it do everything for iOS devices that it does for Blackberry devices or are we talking about the same reduced capabilities Microsoft gives to its Mac software? Can this new server provide encrypted cellular communications between iOS devices for classified discussions? It supposed is being used for that between Blackberry phones by the government. If it can, at what cost? Once, twice, or three times the cost of each phone connected to it?
post #4 of 9
Not interested in this specifically, but it does remind me to wish for multiple user accounts (in some simple form) on iOS--especially iPad, but work vs. home on iPhone would be nice usage as well. Whenever you made a new user account you could have the choice: start fresh (no apps/media, may as well be a different device) or clone an existing account (same AppleID, same everything, but you could delete unwanted items from there). And a toggle for whether or not to put the main account into Do Not Disturb, or let alerts come through.
post #5 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by rob53 View Post

I've always wondered how much a Blackberry BES actually costs, especially compared to something like Good Technology's solution. Is Blackberry the next Microsoft with its horrendous client licenses where the infrastructure cost can be greater than the cost of the hardware? I know BES is the best part of Blackberry but does it do everything for iOS devices that it does for Blackberry devices or are we talking about the same reduced capabilities Microsoft gives to its Mac software? Can this new server provide encrypted cellular communications between iOS devices for classified discussions? It supposed is being used for that between Blackberry phones by the government. If it can, at what cost? Once, twice, or three times the cost of each phone connected to it?

We use Good on both IOS and Android, while it's not the most stable platform it also separates user data from personal data, so the article isn't factual.  Licensing aside, as an enterprise customer I would be hesitant at this point in time to buy anything Blackberry related as the companies long term survival is suspect.  Don't get me wrong, I hope they prosper, but I wouldn't want to sink $100k (or whatever) into a solution only to have the company go out of business six months after I spent the money and had their product rolled out.

post #6 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by nagromme View Post

Not interested in this specifically, but it does remind me to wish for multiple user accounts (in some simple form) on iOS--especially iPad, but work vs. home on iPhone would be nice usage as well. Whenever you made a new user account you could have the choice: start fresh (no apps/media, may as well be a different device) or clone an existing account (same AppleID, same everything, but you could delete unwanted items from there). And a toggle for whether or not to put the main account into Do Not Disturb, or let alerts come through.

Have to agree.  I would love the ability to have two profiles or whatever on the same device.

post #7 of 9

Quote:
Originally Posted by jragosta View Post

I wonder if they bothered to check with Apple. What they're suggesting will involve access to some very fundamental parts of iOS - and it will be interesting to see if they can do it without violating the App Store ToS.

 

No it won't. This can all be written at the app level. Each app (email, calendar etc...) can have its own PIN lock, make its own secure connection to the server, and do its own encryption on the data before storing it in the app sandbox. To be honest, I always wondered why no one had already done this when my company first deployed Blackberry Mobile Fusion (EDIT: lol turns out someone did based on the above posts)

 

Why would they have to do anything to break the guidelines? They specifically say they're making their own suite of apps.

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by rob53 View Post

I've always wondered how much a Blackberry BES actually costs...

 

Currently ballpark $50/device/year. I'm sure that goes up and down depending on deployment size, negotiating skills etc...

post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by johnnash View Post

We use Good on both IOS and Android, while it's not the most stable platform it also separates user data from personal data, so the article isn't factual.  Licensing aside, as an enterprise customer I would be hesitant at this point in time to buy anything Blackberry related as the companies long term survival is suspect.  Don't get me wrong, I hope they prosper, but I wouldn't want to sink $100k (or whatever) into a solution only to have the company go out of business six months after I spent the money and had their product rolled out.

 

You have to separate the price of Blackberry shares from the actual health of the company.  Blackberry can't go out of business because they are debt free and cash flow positive.  This isn't the same as Palm where they were burning cash and HAD to sell itself to HP.  Blackberry share price will be volatile and depressed because the Canadian government may not even allow a foreign company to takeover Blackberry --- shareholders may not like the depressed price but that has nothing to do with whether Blackberry will run out of money and go out of business (which is certainly not going to happen).

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by bluefish86 View Post

 

No it won't. This can all be written at the app level. Each app (email, calendar etc...) can have its own PIN lock, make its own secure connection to the server, and do its own encryption on the data before storing it in the app sandbox. To be honest, I always wondered why no one had already done this when my company first deployed Blackberry Mobile Fusion (EDIT: lol turns out someone did based on the above posts)

 

Why would they have to do anything to break the guidelines? They specifically say they're making their own suite of apps.

 

Currently ballpark $50/device/year. I'm sure that goes up and down depending on deployment size, negotiating skills etc...


I think Good and other companies do 2 things which Blackberry would also do:

 

(1) they scan your iPhone to see if it is jailbroken

(2) they write their own email/calendar app that needs a password to launch and it has its own sandbox/encryption for storing your data.

post #9 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

"An order for one million devices is a tremendous vote of confidence in BlackBerry 10," said Rick Costanzo, executive vice president

They have a client who ordered 1M devices? Or is this written similar to "an order of magnitude"?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: iPhone
AppleInsider › Forums › Mobile › iPhone › BlackBerry to launch new enterprise security solution for iOS & Android