BlackBerry Z30 Comes to Verizon as Samsung Makes Knox Enterprise Play
Samsung has announced a partner program for Knox, enabling resellers to leverage its Android-based security solution for enterprises.The BlackBerry Z30, the company's first 5-inch BlackBerry 10 smartphone, will be available exclusively from Verizon Wireless starting Nov. 14. The news comes amid reports that the Pentagon, which has purchased nearly half a million BlackBerry handsets, is moving ahead with its plan to also support iOS and Android devices. Defense Department officials say their plans are unaffected by BlackBerry's Nov. 4 announcement of its plan to remain a public company, accept a $1 billion investment and replace CEO Thorsten Heins with former Sybase CEO John Chen, Defense One reported Nov. 11. At the moment, said the report, the DOD's mobile security strategy relies mostly on BlackBerry handsets. Devices must have "authority to operate," or ATO, clearance to connect to Defense networks, and so far only BlackBerry 10-running smartphones and Playbook tablets are ATO. The report adds that the transition plan for moving to a variety of mobile platforms will mimic the DOD's transition from only PCs to also smartphones and tablets.
"DOD's mobility strategy and commercial mobile device implementation plan includes reliance on multiple vendors to support its mobile communications needs," Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Damien Pickart told Defense One. "The mobile-security management system is in the early stages of development. It will undergo a limited pilot, or reach 'initial operating capacity'" by Dec. 31.