BlackBerry has officially launched the Secure Work Space, designed to help government and corporate users keep their personal and business lives separate on mobile devices.
Powered through the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES), the back-end system launched at the beginning of this year allows BlackBerry users to control mobile devices connected to internal networks. Secure Work Space works as a secure container for these mobile devices, keeping corporate information — including calendars, events, email and apps — distinct from an employee's personal data. This separation is meant to prevent information from being leaked or transferred from corporate systems.
In addition, the service establishes a fully encrypted AES-256-bit tunnel into the BES server, which ensures all communications data coming from the device is secure — even in cases where the Internet connection is not. In addition, IT staff are able to remotely wipe a Secure Work Space without impact on the personal section of a mobile device.
BlackBerry's latest offering (.pdf) also comes equipped with an enterprise-level browser and secure attachment viewing and editing program.
Secure Work Space is compatible with devices using Google's Android operating system and Apple's iOS. No customized development skills are needed to use or integrate the application.
David Smith, the head of enterprise mobile computing at BlackBerry, told Reuters:
"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. 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."
It is possible that corporate clients who have begun jumping the BlackBerry ship may now be enticed to rejoin the flock. These high-margin services, valuable to corporate clients, could help businesses control and better integrate employee mobile devices running on Apple or Android technology. Without being able to stem the tide of users who are now using Samsung or Apple devices, by working with rather than against the trend, BlackBerry may be able to reclaim a portion of the marketshare lost to its rivals.
BackBerry said that the new platform will be available within the next few months.