The launch of our PRIV secure smartphone may be grabbing headlines, but as we have repeatedly stated, delivering smartphones is no longer BlackBerry’s primary mission. We have a larger goal in mind: providing the most-secure and productivity-enhancing solutions to all of our customers, including consumers, enterprises and regulated organizations with the strictest security requirements.
While some enterprises have given up, and shifted the burden of mobile management and security onto their employees and customers, that’s a short-sighted strategy that will penalize companies in the long run. We believe we can empower CIOs and IT departments with the tools that provide better end-user productivity through the best security. PRIV is a wonderful example of this; an even better one is the BlackBerry Enterprise Portfolio, our end-to-end array of multi-OS software and services.
We’ve been expanding the Enterprise Portfolio through acquisitions such as AtHoc, the emergency communications provider that provides secure alerts to 75% of U.S. federal employees; secure mobile voice and data communications provider, SecuSmart; strong document security provider, WatchDox; and, of course, leading MDM provider, Good Technology. Sign up for our Nov. 19 webinar, “Change is Good,” to learn more about how the latter acquisition promises to transform the enterprise mobility industry.
We’re also investing heavily in organic upgrades to our solutions. Today, we’re announcing major enhancements to three of our key solutions:
BES12, v12.3: More Features and Platforms, and Easier to Use
BES12 provides a single console for mobile admins to manage devices across many platforms. It can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud. The latest upgrade, v12.3 aka Excelsior, provides a number of significant upgrades, including:
- Ability to manage phones, laptops and tablets running the new Windows 10 OS;
- More support for Samsung KNOX Workspace, including BYOD deployment of employees’ KNOX devices while protecting their privacy;
- Enhanced security and easier management of Android for Work devices;
- Finer control and simplified deployment of iOS 9 devices via Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP);
- Integration with WorkLife by BlackBerry, our innovative solution to slash the financial and paperwork pain out of BYOD;
SecuSUITE for Enterprise: Trusted by Governments, Ready for Business
SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 is our well-known anti-surveillance mobile communications software trusted to protect heads of states. It’s used to protect many governments, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the rest of her government against eavesdropping and 3rd-party attacks on their voice calls, text messages, e-mail and more.
It’s a myth, however, that only world leaders and top government officials need this sort of protection. Corporate spying on voice communications, as has been revealed in multiple reports in the last few years, is all too common.
Officially available as of December 21, 2015, our new SecuSUITE for Enterprise solution brings the secure end-to-end voice communications trusted by governments to today’s businesses. Hosted on the secure BlackBerry Infrastructure, it runs on iOS, Android (including PRIV) and BlackBerry 10 smartphones, and provides direct connections to more than 600 global carriers, so you can reach anyone you need to, securely, while providing instant call setup and crystal-clear voice quality.
(We are also renaming SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 to SecuSUITE for Government, as an affirmation of our commitment to this priority market.)
WatchDox by BlackBerry: Good Integration, Even Better Productivity
Network firewalls and other traditional access controls used to be how you guarded your company’s data. Cloud apps and mobile devices have disrupted that. To protect your documents where-ever they go, with whomever they are shared, you need a document control and collaboration solution that provides total protection at-rest, in-transit AND while in-use. That’s WatchDox.
Our latest release delivers four major updates:
- Enhanced BlackBerry 10 app, including ability to create, view and share annotations such as sticky notes, comments, highlights, and drawings to files;
- German-language support across all access interfaces;
- Multiple accounts and custom branding on WatchDox apps running on Macs;
- Good-enabled mobile apps for iOS and Android.