BlackBerry introduces Secure Work Space for Android, iOS

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BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) is rolling out its Secure Work Space BYOD security solution for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, enabling enterprises to separate employees' workplace applications and services from their personal apps and data.

Secure Work Space--managed via the cloud-based BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 device management, security and app management platform--extends BlackBerry device, server and network level security capabilities to iOS and Android users. According to BlackBerry, Secure Work Space enables business customers to bypass the effort and expense of configuring and managing VPN infrastructures, letting IT managers provide mobile device access to data and apps that reside behind their corporate firewalls.

Secure Work Space also lets users with personal iOS and Android devices access integrated email, calendar and contacts, as well as secure browser access to intranets and document editing capabilities. All corporate data is separated and controlled within the Secure Work Space container. BlackBerry adds it is teaming with app partners like Box to power new business collaboration tools in the cloud.

The BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 server software is free to download. Annual client access licenses are $99 per year per device. More than 18,000 customers worldwide have installed the service since it launched this past January.

Secure Work Space recalls BlackBerry Balance, introduced earlier this year in association with the device maker's new BlackBerry 10 OS. BlackBerry Balance also separates and secures work applications and data from personal content.

Secure Work Space also continues BlackBerry's efforts to extend its core services to rival mobile platforms. Later this summer, the company will introduce native BlackBerry Messenger apps for iOS and Android, promising features like one-on-one and multi-person text chats, voice and video chats, voice note sharing and BlackBerry Groups, which enables as many as 30 BBM users to share calendars, photos, files and additional content. The iOS and Android apps also will support BBM Channels, a new social engagement platform within Messenger allowing customers to connect with businesses, brands, celebrities and groups.

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