​BlackBerry, Samsung advance security partnership, services deal

BlackBerry and Samsung tighten their security partnership with better integration of KNOX as well as a services pact.

BlackBerry and Samsung, which have partnered on KNOX integration and are frequently mentioned as potential merger partners, on Sunday outlined the next leg their alliance including a services deal and Samsung Galaxy S6 hooks.

At Mobile World Congress, BlackBerry and Samsung said they will integrate Samsung's KNOX container and security platform with WorkLife by BlackBerry and SecuSUITE. In addition, BlackBerry enterprise tools will be offered through Samsung's Business Service. Samsung's services unit is the company's answer to the IBM and Apple partnership in the enterprises.

The partnership was outlined as Samsung launched its Galaxy S6.

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WorkLife by BlackBerry will allow KNOX to split mobile billing by separating work and personal voice, data and text messages. WorkLife would enable a company to pay for all of the usage on the work side of employee usage. Carriers will activate WorkLife and determine pricing and availability.

As for SecuSUITE, a tool acquired via BlackBerry's acquisition of Secusmart, KNOX will get tap-proof voice and SMS. Samsung's Galaxy S6 will be able to use the Secusmart Security Card, which can be used with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 12 to provide end-to-end encryption. SecuSUITE for KNOX will be available in the fall of 2015.

Perhaps the biggest win for BlackBerry is the services deal with Samsung. BlackBerry is betting its future on security and managing multiple devices and Samsung Business Services give it a good channel in the enterprise.