BES12.5 Includes Over 550 Rules That Make It Easy to Manage Business Devices


Want to set password restrictions for all users? There are rules for that. Want to stop users with corporate-owned, personally enabled (COPE) devices from using the camera when in the work space? There are rules for that too. Do you need to restrict device features on corporate-owned, business-only (COBO) devices for users with access to highly confidential information? IT policies allow you to do that.

BES12 version 12.5 offers 561 rules that you can use, depending on the device OS and activation type, to help you manage the security and behavior of devices for your organization.

An IT policy is a set of rules that control features and functionality on devices. In BES12, you can create IT policies that establish what users can and can’t do with their devices. You create IT policies and assign them to users or groups in the BES12 management console. Descriptions of each IT policy rule are provided in the management console. When you view, edit, or create an IT policy, simply hold the cursor over any rule to display a tool tip that explains the rule.


If you need more information than the tool tip provides, you can download the Policy Reference Spreadsheet from There are versions available for BES12 and BES12 Cloud. Both are Excel spreadsheets that explain every IT policy rule. They provide full information including supported BES12 versions, device versions, and activation types, possible values, and any additional information that doesn’t fit in the tool tip.

If you want additional information on how to use IT policies in BES12, the BES12 Administration Guide and BES12 Cloud Administration Guide provide details on creating and managing IT policies and assigning them to users and groups.

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