Earlier this year, we introduced the concept of ‘BBM Protected Plus’ enabling users to extend the security of BBM Protected to non-BBM Protected users. It allows for faster communication, collaboration, and decision-making with contacts inside and outside of your organization – such as customers, partners, and clients – while giving users an added level of encryption on all their chats.
Starting today, we’re releasing another tool to amplify productivity within your organization: BBM Protected Cloud Directory Service. Simply by turning on an IT Policy in the cloud-based Admin Console, BBM Protected users in your organization can connect and chat with coworkers in an instant – with no BBM Invite required. When the IT Policy is turned on, BBM Protected users in an organization receive an in-app notification to enter their First Name and Last Name – which is stored in their BBM Profile. Then users, whether they are using an iOS, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone, can search by first name or last name, then start chatting with their coworkers instantly.
Finding coworkers with BBM Protected Cloud Directory Service is simple. Here’s how it works:
Use the Search feature in BBM.
Start typing a coworker’s First Name and/or Last Name.
Matching coworkers are presented. Select a coworker and start chatting!
And unlike consumer instant messaging apps that leave little control capabilities for IT Admins, BBM Protected offers simple deployment and multi-OS management via a single, cloud-based console with Enterprise Identity by BlackBerry Admin Console.
In addition to the BBM Cloud Directory Service IT Policy, BBM Protected now offers two additional management controls:
- ‘BBM Protected Wipe Data’: this IT Policy enables IT Admins to increase control over corporate data by having the ability to remotely wipe all BBM activity including: Contacts, Chats, Groups, Channels, and BBM Protected encryption and signing keys. The user retains ownership for their BBID credentials for future use. With a range of device deployment models in any given organization where some devices may be corporately-owned and some BYOD, having the ability to remotely wipe corporate data ensures IT Admins have the peace of mind that corporate data will not be left vulnerable when an employee departs an organization.
- ‘BBM Protected Disable BBM Channels’: this IT Policy gives IT Admins the flexibility to turn off BBM Channels by user, which controls content access for users in their organization.
BBM Protected gives organizations all the productivity benefits of instant messaging, with the management and control that IT Admins are looking for. When security is paramount, BBM Protected is the ideal solution. It delivers an instant messaging service with enterprise-grade encryption along with the full feature set of a consumer IM app: one-on-one, multi-person, and Group chats, as well as file share and BBM Voice calls for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry devices.
This update has started rolling out today, and may take up to a couple of days to be pushed to your device.