Enterprise Mobility: BlackBerry Protect Beta: Enterprise Security in Your Hand

 
 
By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2010-07-19
 
 
 

BlackBerry Protect Beta: Enterprise Security in Your Hand

by Andrew Garcia

BlackBerry Protect Beta: Enterprise Security in Your Hand

BlackBerry Protect

The beta of BlackBerry Protect can be installed on most new BlackBerryOS 5.0-enabled devices—I used a Bold 9700.

BlackBerry Protect

BlackBerry Protect Config

To get setup, I needed to input my BlackBerryID which is tied to an email address used with the device.

BlackBerry Protect Config

BackUp Options

From the device, I could configure what information I'd liked backed up to RIM's servers. I could also set an ongoing backup schedule.

BackUp Options

Protect Portal

Using my BlackBerryID, I could log into the web portal to manage the phone.

Protect Portal

Device INformation

The portal displays what it knows about Protect-enabled devices registered to the account, showing PIN, phone number, device type, and backup status.

Device INformation

Portal Restore

From the portal, I could push down a restore job but only from the last backup taken.

Portal Restore

Device Restore

From the device, I could choose recent backups stored in the cloud, pulling the information down to my device.

Device Restore

Locate

If enabled on the device during initial Protect setup, I could find the phone via the portal. IN this example, the phone was indoors, so wireless triangulation was used for location data instead of the GPS. The green star in the lower, 3D photo shows how off the detected position was from the true location.

Locate

Lock

From the portal, I could set a device lock password and push it out to the device.

Lock

Loud Ring

If I know the phone is around somewhere but can't find it, I could use the portal to tell it to ring loudly. The device will ring, even if it is set to silent mode.

Loud Ring

Message Display

I could use the portal to push out a message that will be displayed as wallpaper on the device, and is visible even if the device is locked.

Message Display

Wipe

If I don't think a lost BlackBerry is coming home, I can easily push out a wipe command that will occur the next time the phone touches the network.

Wipe

No BES Support

BlackBerry Protect only works on devices that utilize the carrier's BlackBerry Internet Service. If the device is activated to a BES (or was in the past and was not reset to factory properly), Protect will not work.

No BES Support

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