BlackBerry Launches BBM Protected, a Secure “Bring Your Own” Instant Messaging Service

by Istvan Fekete on March 23, 2015

BlackBerry has a solution for protecting your company’s sensitive data: The Canadian firm has announced a new service for iOS and Android devices called BBM Protected.

To make the service appealing, BlackBerry points to costly data security breaches, and we don’t have to go too far back in time to find headlines related to such attacks. The average cost of a data breach to a company is more than $6 million, according to a report from the Ponemon Institute.

Still, companies often overlook the security vulnerabilities that Bring Your Own Device and, more recently, Bring Your Own Service (BYOS) bring. Firms seem to be adopting this trend for the sake of speed and productivity, and don’t seem to bother to analyse the security level of third-party services. The result could be the aforementioned $6 million bill, BlackBerry suggests.

BBM protected, on the other hand, allows IT admins to control the mobile devices employees have and the instant messaging services they use to secure data transfer both within the enterprise and among the firm’s customers and partners.

The service includes a secure, enterprise-grade instant messaging service and all the features of an IM app. All messages are encrypted using keys generated by the communicating mobile devices themselves. This effectively prevents “man in the middle” attacks.

Employees using BBM Protected can initiate an encrypted conversation with other users of the service, and they can also start Protected conversations with non-BBM Protected users within or outside their organisation. The only requirement is that the other party uses the free BBM app available on the App Store or Google Play.

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