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BlackBerry moves to secure Apple and Google devices in the workplace

Secure Work Space is now available for iOS and Android

BlackBerry has made available its BYOD work/private data technology for Apple and Google Android devices. The offering is designed to make it easier for firms that want to run mixed BlackBerry, Apple and Android mobile environments.

Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is a security system that separates work and personal apps and data on iOS and Android devices. It is part of the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 platform, which already supports the new BlackBerry 10 operating system found on newly-launched BlackBerry smartphones.

On a personal BYOD Apple iOS or Android device, users with Secure Work Space get 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 system.

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", said BlackBerry.

BlackBerry provides security at the device, server and network level and is hoping its generally accepted strong security technology will tempt companies that have to manage the growing number of Apple and Android users in the workplace. The Secure Work Space container is managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, allowing all devices to be managed from a single console.

"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 Smith, executive vice president for enterprise mobile computing at BlackBerry.

The BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 server software is free to download. Annual client access licenses (CALs) for Secure Work Space are $99 per year per device.

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