Feeds

And for BlackBerry's next trick: Sawing Android, iOS IN HALF

'Secure' biz app and data on mobes to fall under BES spell

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

BlackBerry has built software to split apps and files on Android and iOS phones into so-called "Secure Work Spaces" to prevent workers from mixing business with pleasure.

These protected containers of data and applications will be managed by installations of BlackBerry Enterprise Server, effectively bringing BlackBerry OS 10's Balance feature - which also cleaves smartphones into work-safe and personal halves - to the forces threatening its future. Secure Work Space attempts to accommodate BlackBerry's rivals, which have gatecrashed what the smartphone maker considered a private party in the enterprise world.

BlackBerry's latest handsets include BlackBerry Balance, which allows the user to switch between work and home profiles. The business side remains under the control of your office sysadmin while the personal portion lies beyond his or her reach. This is designed for companies that issue everyone a BlackBerry handset, but such organisations are increasingly rare so extending the container concept to iOS and Android is a necessity for BlackBerry.

Secure Work Space won't be quite as elegant as Balance, which (for example) understands that one human can't be in two places at once so it won't let Home and Work appointments clash, but it will - we're told - provide a secure space in which applications are run and corporate data is stored, all in isolation from the untrusted operating system beneath.

But putting a secure space within an insecure environment is very difficult. Even Samsung isn't planning to put its competing KNOX system onto existing handsets, having declared it would require additional hardware - such electronics will be present in the Galaxy S4 (although may already have been snuck into a couple of Galaxy Notes).

BlackBerry reckons its reputation for security will engender confidence, and its skills in the area support that confidence, but it's still taking things slow with closed beta testing now and more details coming at BlackBerry Live in May.

It certainly seems as though secure containers are the preferred answer to the Bring-Your-Own-Device question: just managing each of those gadgets as one single handheld is not enough as enterprises and punters want to keep their own data private. Other device-management companies will respond with containers of their own, unless the narrowing field leaves just Samsung and BlackBerry competing for virtual space in business pockets. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.