BlackBerry adds security offering for iOS, Android

Work Space for iOS and Android will allow smartphone users to keep corporate data safe on BYOD devices.

BlackBerry plans to extend its device management software to iOS and Android devices.

The software, called Work Space, will allow Apple and Android users to keep both personal data and company information separately on the same device.

Work Space for iOS and Android will be managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 . The package creates a secure space on the iOS or Android device for elements including secure client applications for email, calendar, contacts, tasks, memos, secure browsing and document editing for each device that is provisioned via BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

Additional applications can also be secured and added to the workspace, BlackBerry said.

BlackBerry announced Balance in 2011 to allow users to separate work and personal data and applications, said David Smith, EVP of enterprise mobile computing. "With Secure Work Space for iOS and Android devices, we're extending as many of these features as possible to other platforms, critical in today's bring-your-own-device world," he added in a statement.

BlackBerry said using Secure Work Space means IT departments won't have to manage virtual private networks to provide mobile device access to data and applications that reside behind their corporate firewalls. A closed beta test is underway and BlackBerry said the service will be available by the end of the second quarter of this year.

BlackBerry has been facing increasing competition in the enterprise space — for example, Samsung recently unveiled its own Knox software which it hopes will persuade enterprises to adopt Android devices.