Securing What Matters: WatchDox Acquisition Strengthens BlackBerry’s Ability to Secure Data — Wherever it Goes


It’s official: WatchDox is now part of BlackBerry. The acquisition of WatchDox — which offers the most secure enterprise file-sync-and-share solution (EFSS) on any device — was completed today.

Secure Medical Records. Concept image. Narrow depth of field.BlackBerry has always had the most secure end-to-end mobile solution. Everything we build — our network, our software and our services — is designed to make it easier for enterprise workers to access data wherever they are while ensuring that those who shouldn’t have access don’t. With WatchDox joining BlackBerry, we now can extend that philosophy to files themselves.

WatchDox’s approach is unique because it allows the security to actually travel with shared files on both mobile and desktop devices. Enterprises have full visibility and control over how files are edited, copied printed or forwarded. The files themselves are protected by the most comprehensive set of content security capabilities: certified by the U.S government as Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 and utilizing best-in-class AES 256-bit encryption for data, both at-rest and in-transit.

It’s a powerful solution. If needed, administrators can revoke access or delete files remotely, whether the files are in the cloud or on the enterprise’s network. This approach also means that, in the case of a network breach, the files themselves are protected and can be deleted.

Analysts have high regard for WatchDox’s capabilities. Gartner has named WatchDox as a Magic Quadrant visionary; Forrester cites them as a Strong Performer; and Ovum ranks WatchDox’s solution as the highest on their Decision Matrix for Enterprise File Sync and Share. Media and analysts are also positive about WatchDox joining BlackBerry, noting that it demonstrates BlackBerry’s commitment to stretch its lead in mobile security.

WatchDox is available as a value-added solution that complements BlackBerry’s existing portfolio of enterprise products and services. WatchDox will also be available as a service through BES12, which will allow enterprises to:

  • Integrate WatchDox into Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, making it easier to access enterprise files behind the firewall.
  • Provide users with the ability to control the level of security and permissions on the files they share.
  • Watermark content across all devices, making it easy to identify the source of the files and providing a strong disincentive for inappropriate sharing.

For more details, see the BlackBerry website.

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