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BlackBerry Separates Work from Play on iOS and Android

Smartphone make BlackBerry today announced the availability of its latest mobile security offering designed to separate work-related apps and data from personal apps and data, on iOS and Android-based devices.

Dubbed “Secure Work Space”, the technology is a new option with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (version 10.1.1) that provides iOS or Android device users integrated email (with attachment viewing), calendar and contacts for productivity, as well as secure browser access to intranets and document editing capabilities with BlackBerry’s Documents To Go software.

“With corporate data separated and controlled within the Secure Work Space container, these standard apps can be deployed with confidence to any user, together with other apps chosen by the company,” BlackBerry said.

Secure Work Space builds on BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, which was launched in January 2013, and is the smartphone maker’s firs Enterprise Mobility Management solution that provides device management, security and App management for BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices.

Secure Work Space leverages the same behind-the-firewall connection available for BlackBerry smartphones and extends BlackBerry security capabilities for data-at-rest and data-in-transit to iOS and Android devices, the company said.

“As our dependency on mobile solutions grows, and as a greater variety of mobile devices enter the workplace, the need for solutions to manage and secure these devices has never been greater," said David J. Smith, EVP, Enterprise Mobile Computing at BlackBerry. "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."

The Secure Work Space solution also helps customers reduce administration resources and expenses, BlackBerry said, as they no longer need to configure and manage costly VPN infrastructures to provide mobile device access to data and apps that reside behind enterprise firewalls.

The Secure Work Space container is managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 server software is free to download, while annual client access licenses (CALs) for Secure Work Space are priced at $99 per year per device.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.