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BlackBerry to open secure workspace for Android, iOS

BlackBerry will soon offer an update to Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 that will allow network administrators to create Secure Work Spaces on Android and iOS devices, according to an announcement  from the company. This will function similarly to the Balance feature found in Blackberry 10 mobile devices, which keeps work and personal data separate.

The BlackBerry Secure Work Space solution covers e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks, memos, secure browsing and document editing, the company said, and supplies security without the need for a virtual private network infrastructure.

“With Secure Work Space for iOS and Android devices, we're extending as many of these features as possible to other platforms, critical in today’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) world,” said David J Smith, executive vice president for the company’s Enterprise Mobile Computing.

With the BlackBerry 10 OS, the company is attempting to reestablish itself in the public-sector market, which had long been a BlackBerry stronghold. By opening up its BES platform to Android and iOS devices, BlackBerry is acknowledging that popular mobile devices need to be able to function in BYOD environments.

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Greg Crowe is a former GCN staff writer who covered mobile technology.

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