BlackBerry Extends Respected Security Platform to iOS, Android
NEWS ANALYSIS: Secure Work Space provides a stable security environment by allowing Apple iOS and Android devices to access BlackBerry’s secure network infrastructure.BlackBerry is bringing its family jewels in the form of Secure Work Space to the fast-paced world of personal devices as a way to give IT managers the stability they need to protect company information while giving users the flexibility they are demanding to use their favorite devices at work. In the process, the company is bringing BlackBerry's legendary uncrackable encryption to iOS and Android. Equally important, BlackBerry is bringing a suite of secure, containerized applications—including email, calendar, contacts and Web browsing—to those new devices. As a result, BlackBerry is eliminating the need to maintain a separate virtual private network (VPN), which reduces costs while maintaining security. BlackBerry Senior Vice President for Security Scott Totzke described it to eWEEK as "the same secure connectivity with BlackBerry protocols" that's being used for existing BlackBerry devices. He said the process is also the same. "Encrypt and compress using BlackBerry transport protocols using the same encryption and same outbound port," he said. "This is all managed by BlackBerry Enterprise Service [BES]," Totzke said. "There's no VPN to deploy. There are no additional connections, no extra holes in the firewall."
The network traffic looks the same to the firewall as any other BlackBerry traffic, according to Totzke, meaning that advanced firewalls and other security systems don't need to be updated.