GCN Insider: The un-BlackBerry

GOOD'S GOODS: Good's security platform, like its messaging technology, runs on a variety of handhelds.

Good Technology Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., competes with Research in Motion and its ubiquitous BlackBerry handheld device. Good chief technology officer John Friend told GCN the company was torn by RIM's legal woes. On one hand, RIM's loss is potentially Good's gain; on the other hand, Good offers wireless messaging and needs to be able to do so without fear of court battles. (Read why Good signed a license with NTP, RIM's nemesis, in a future GCN Interview with Friend.)

Regardless of the RIM-NTP case, Good continues to refine its wireless offering for large enterprises and last month introduced Good Mobile Defense, a security platform for locking down handhelds running Good's wireless messaging services. 'After going through the wringer with security groups at Fortune 50 companies, we've got a rich set of everything they ever asked for,' Friend said.

Like the rest of Good's messaging technology (and unlike RIM's), Mobile Defense runs on a variety of handhelds, including those with Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone, Palm OS and Symbian. Along with advanced password management, Mobile Defense allows IT managers to wirelessly perform security operations such as whitelisting approved applications, disabling certain features (cameras, Bluetooth) and even setting up the handheld to wipe out data if someone repeatedly tries (and fails) to authenticate himself on the device.

Central administration of wireless devices is nice for IT, and Good's architecture is FIPS-140-2-certified for end-to-end encryption. BlackBerry still rules, but there are options.


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