BlackBerry to offer Secure Work Space for iOS and Android
Bring Your Own Device craze has taken off with many companies believing that workers will be more productive by bringing their own smartphone into the office, because they are more familiar with it than they would be with another platform.
Robert Enderle, principal analyst with Enderle Group,said that most smartphones on the market are not secure for government or corporate work. According to the analyst, BES 10 combined with BlackBerry Balance or Secure Work Space is the only solution that provides the security for smartphone users that IT departments seek. BlackBerry Balance is a feature on BB10 that allows a user to switch between a work theme and a play theme on a single handset. The work setting prevents the user from accessing certain apps without approval from the IT department. Contacts, emails and features are limited to those related to work. The play setting allows access to all apps and shows contacts related to personal relationships. Business info is locked.
Many have called for BlackBerry to sell its handset division and concentrate on licensing software and this could be the start of such a plan. We should learn more information in May at the BlackBerry Live conference in Orlando.