Samsung Enterprise Services Is Latest Effort to Secure BlackBerry's Customers

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2014-01-07 Print this article Print

Samsung positioned itself as a direct competitor to BlackBerry, which, for all its faults, "understands enterprise security policies and governmental concerns very well, and both the BlackBerry BES and Balance solutions are well understood by CIOs," wrote Rodriguez.

Further, he continued, nobody understands what Knox can do, beyond containerization, which put Samsung in competition with Good Technology, "but sadly without Good's Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4 Security."

BlackBerry, under new CEO John Chen, is cutting its losses and building on its strengths. Chen told enterprise customers in a Nov. 13 blog post that the new BlackBerry will focus on four areas: handsets, enterprise mobility management, cross-platform messaging and embedded systems.

"Just as important, we will continue to invest in enterprise and security-related R&D during our restructuring period," Chen added.

The same day that Samsung made its announcement, Chen, at the Consumer Electronics Show Government (CESG), an event held alongside CES, announced that BlackBerry is investing in a new security innovation center in Washington, D.C.

"We are committed to working with government and industry experts to solve some of the biggest challenges we face in securing mobile communication," Chen said during a Jan. 6 speech at CES Government. "The Washington, D.C.-based security innovation center will be focused on creating lasting partnerships that will encourage ongoing dialogue aimed at making better products and policy."

Additional details about the center will be revealed in the coming weeks, BlackBerry said in a statement.

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