BlackBerry said that it is planning to offer technology to separate and secure work and personal data on mobile devices powered by Android and iOS.
Called Secure Work Space and managed via BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10, the company said it is looking to extend features of its own BlackBerry Balance offering to devices powered by third-party platforms.
This will provide corporate customers with a “single, intuitive platform enabling them to effectively and securely manage a variety of devices while protecting their corporate assets and at the same time providing employees the flexibility they desire”.
Secure Work Space includes secured client applications for email, calendar, contacts, tasks, memos, secure browsing and document editing for each device that is provisioned via BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.
While RIM has come under pressure in the enterprise market as a result of the growth of bring-your-own-device and the smartphone dominance of Android and iOS, the company has a significant heritage in this market place and – importantly – an installed customer base already using its products.
It has already said it will offer management tools for Android and iOS devices, enabling them – as well as BlackBerry 10 smartphones – from the same console.
Closed beta testing for Secure Work Space has already started, and general availability is scheduled for the second quarter of this year.