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Q&A: Tackling BYOD

Zafar Anjum | July 8, 2013
Be strategic, be selective, be secure and be prepared when it comes to BYOD in the enterprise, says Ian Gardner, APAC Enterprise Solutions Director, BlackBerry.

Be strategic, be selective, be secure and be prepared when it comes to BYOD in the enterprise, says  Ian Gardner, APAC Enterprise Solutions Director, BlackBerry.

BlackBerry recently announced Secure Work Space for managing BYOD on iOS and Android devices. How important is this announcement and what are the implications for its business?

From an end-user perspective, iOS and Android users who bring their own device to work will be able to experience the separation of work and personal information on their devices. Secure Work Space creates a designated separation between work and personal use, with corporate information being controlled within the Secure Work Space container. With this, employees can be assured that their personal content is private and their work content is secure.

From an organisational perspective, Secure Work Space allows businesses to meet the needs (and pressures) of employees who wish to use their own mobile device for business connectivity. The Secure Work Space ensures that the trusted legacy of BlackBerry security is applied - from a single vendor (BlackBerry), who in addition to delivering industry-leading security standards, provides enterprise mobility management solutions, and global technical support at flexible tiers.

The Secure Work Space solution also enables IT administrators to save considerable effort, administration and expense as they no longer need to configure and manage expensive VPN infrastructures to provide mobile device access to data and apps that reside behind their corporate firewalls.

This announcement reinforces BlackBerry's leadership in the Mobile Device Management (MDM) space, and will help us expand our industry leading BES solution to support the full enterprise mobility management (EMM) needs of our customers, as they open their doors to support a mix of devices and platforms. As the BYOD trend gains traction, we are convinced it makes sense to develop an MDM solution which supports multiple platforms. To us, it's all about balancing the end- user experience while enabling the enterprise to offer the most secure mobile computing environment.

Gartner recently attacked the containerisation approach in BYOD. 'Containerisation' is no BYOD panacea, said one of its analysts. Do you agree with this view as BlackBerry has for long hawked this very approach?

It's abundantly clear that user choice is key to Mobile device adoption and as such we provide a range of options and yes, on a BlackBerry 10 device the security is fully integrated into the operating system, in a way that emphasises user experience, while addressing corporation security needs.

For users who choose to use another platform, then our approach is secure containerisation, integrated with secure connectivity, leveraging our BlackBerry secure network infrastructure to provide a comprehensive solution. The secure connectivity is achieved without the need for third party VPN or SSO components and the total environment is managed via a single console - reducing complexity and importantly costs. 


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