BlackBerry targets iOS enterprise users with new “Secure Work Space”

On June 26, 2013

BlackBerry just launched a new “Secure Work Space” feature that is said to be a better solution than the enterprise management tools it has been providing for iOS and Android devices through the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 suite. With this new service, iOS and Android friendly companies will now have much improved multi-platform device security and management.

The idea behind Secure Work Space is to separate a user’s personal data and the work apps. It is a connectivity and containerization option that can be managed through the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 admin console to enable separation and control of corporate data, and deliver enhanced security to iOS and Android devices.

Its benefits to personal device users include integrated contacts, email, and calendar, document editing capabilities via Documents To Go, and intranet access via secure browser. Configuring and managing costly VPN infrastructures for access to apps and data residing behind corporate firewalls via mobile devices is no longer necessary.

A cloud aspect can be expected in future through a BlackBerry and Box partnership. For now, there is a free trial for the new service and the yearly price per device license is $99.