BlackBerry Secure Work Space with iOS and Android Device Management Launches

by Istvan Fekete on June 25, 2013

Government agencies and corporate clients can now secure and manage devices running both iOS and Android as the BlackBerry Secure Work Space has finally been launched, reports Reuters.

The one-time pioneer in the smartphone arena, BlackBerry, is aiming high with this service: by enabling the service for the most popular platforms, BlackBerry Secure Work Space could help the struggling company sell high-margin services to its high-paying clients, even if many or all of their workers are using smartphones running other mobile operating systems than its own.

The service was rumoured to come out around mid-year, so the June launch is timed right to define the company’s position on the market for the second half of the year.

The Secure Work Space feature will be managed by the popular BlackBerry Enterprise Services (BES) 10, a new back-end system launched earlier this year, allowing BlackBerry clients to control mobile devices on their internal networks.

BlackBerry, has been facing harsh times lately, as the majority of its major clients, such as the U.S. government, have decided to ditch BlackBerry smartphones at some of their agencies. Also, the Pentagon has decided to open up its network to iOS and Android. Both Apple and Samsung have received government-issued security certification for their mobile platforms and devices. For Samsung, this involves its high-end handsets such as the Galaxy S4, while for Apple, all devices running iOS 6.

By launching the BlackBerry Secure Work Space service, the company stresses a shift in emphasis from smartphones and services. Launching BBM on iOS and Android is also part of this strategy.

“With an integrated management console, our clients can now see all of the devices they have on their network, manage those devices and connect to them securely,” David Smith, the head of enterprise mobile computing at BlackBerry, said in an interview.

“We now also have a secure work space on Android and iOS that allows our clients to secure and manage the data on those devices as well.”

According to the data made public, the majority (60%) of U.S. Fortune 500 companies are testing BlackBerry Secure Work Space, and the company has installed some 18,000 BES 10 servers since January, up from 12,000 reported a month ago.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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