Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): BlackBerry Balance technology helps to ensure security and ‘Privacy by Design’


Here’s a guest post today from Nader, a BlackBerry® security advisor – enjoy! – Ed.

Many aspects of the BlackBerry solution have been built around manageability. With the advent of consumerization and ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) in the enterprise, the need to manage two personas on the same device has become evident. On one hand, enterprise data and applications need to remain secure and separate from personal content. On the other hand, a litany of consumer apps, emails and personal details must remain private from all, including the enterprise.

BlackBerry® Balance™ technology is our answer to that dual persona challenge. It was launched last year on BlackBerry smartphones running the BlackBerry® 6 OS (and higher) and is now integral on BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0, allowing employees to use their personal mobile devices for work without compromising the enterprise’s need for security and IT controls. With BYOD, the total cost of ownership for mobility in the organization can decrease, and moreover, employees can benefit from the efficiency of BlackBerry protocols and inherent data compression on BlackBerry smartphones, which can also help to decrease an organization’s mobile data plan costs.

To achieve the separation of work and personal data on a single device, some mobile solutions require employees to allow IT administrators to manage everything on their personal devices. Others create a device “container” or “sandbox” to store business data and run business applications, which can make switching between work and personal applications clunky, confusing and time-consuming for users.

BlackBerry Balance technology is designed to separate corporate and personal data within the operating system, helping to ensure a high level of security with a seamless user experience. BlackBerry Balance technology creates a virtual environment within a single device that supports the concept of Privacy by Design, embedding privacy proactively into technology itself, for both corporations and end users. This allows businesses to help protect their assets while letting employees install their favorite applications.

We’re continuing to support the principles of Privacy by Design and our product cornerstones of security and manageability by developing new tools that anticipate the complexity of your organization’s environment. BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0 builds on BlackBerry Balance technology as it adds support for both personal and corporate email, contacts and calendar information. The BlackBerry® Device Service in BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion (now available) introduces the ability to manage the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in your organization. With its expanded administration tools, you also have IT policy rules and IT administration commands that allow you to control mobile work data and applications. Future updates of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will be designed to allow you to manage Android™ and iOS devices, as well as BlackBerry 10 devices when those products launch. You’ll be able to centrally control how any of those supported devices (plus the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet) can access your organization’s environment. This means that as employees bring the latest BlackBerry smartphones and tablets – and other devices -into your organization’s environment, you’ll be able to support a BYOD policy with more confidence and ease than ever before.

How has BlackBerry Balance helped your business face BYOD challenges? Share in the comments below.

About Luke Reimer

@Luke_Reimer is a Senior Marketing Manager at BlackBerry helping to design, launch, and manage enterprise marketing programs - particularly concerning content across digital mediums. Beyond spreading BlackBerry goodness in enterprise communities, you can find Luke cooking up a storm, out on his motorcycle (when Canadian weather allows), or digging into a good science fiction book.

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