BlackBerry has announced a new security solution that distinguishes between professional and personal data on iOS and Android devices.
Secure Work Space is being introduced as part of the latest BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (ES10) update, which offers a BYOD (bring your own device) policy to combine security and user experience.
"Mobility is fundamentally transforming how we live and work. 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," says 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."
A total of 18,000 ES10 servers have been installed by BlackBerry customers since the January '13 launch, at which point Secure Work Space began trials.
"Secure Work Space builds on BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and we found that BlackBerry's secure infrastructure offered our company the best containerization solution to help mobilize our multi-platform environment, while maintaining a great user experience," says Thierry Lammers, director and co-founder of E-Office Mobile, who took part in the trial.
"We're looking forward to deploying this solution across our organization and to our customers in the coming months and bringing the separation of work and personal data to life on iOS and Android devices."
In 2016, 350 million employees will use smartphones and 200 million will bring their own devices to the workplace, according to Forrester Research Inc. BlackBerry's new offering allows for integrated email, calendar and contacts, as well as secured browser access and document editing capabilities.
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 is also working closely with app partners such as Box to power business collaboration in the cloud.
"Content sits at the centre of every successful business and Box ensures that today's mobile enterprise can securely access their information from any device, in any location and at any time," says Whitney Bouck, Senior vice president and GM, Enterprise at Box. "Box and BlackBerry are powering enterprise mobility for today's knowledge workers."