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BlackBerry secures BYOD on iOS and Android

Caroline Ng | June 26, 2013
Secure Work Space may just be the answer government agencies and enterprises are looking for in an effective BYOD policy.

BlackBerry has today announced a new security solution that effectively splits work and personal apps and data on iOS and Android devices.

The new Secure Work Space is designed for Android and iOS devices within the BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10, a new back-end system launched earlier this year to allow users manage mobile devices on internal networks.

The long-anticipated system prides as an effective solution to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) security without compromising on user experience.

With this, users will receive an integrated email, calendar and contacts for productivity, as well as secure browser access to intranets and document editing capabilities with BlackBerry's Documents to Go.

This allows IT managers the convenience and confidence in security as managing within a controlled space eradicates the need for an otherwise costly VPN infrastructure.

Some 18,000 BES 10 servers have already been installed worldwide with the Secure Work Space subsequently trailed in over 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies.

David J. Smith, EVP, enterprise mobile computing at BlackBerry, said this nifty solution is timely to address the BOYD phenomenon currently taking place in the workplace.

"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," he said.

For interested parties, the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 server software is free to download while the Secure Work Space license is going for $99 (S$125) per year per device. Complimentary trial is also available for the BES 10 bundle that includes 50 Secure Work Space licenses for 60 days.

 

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