BlackBerry announces Mobile Device Management solution

BlackBerry announces Mobile Device Management solution

Research In Motion announced recently announced its entry into the multi-platform Mobile Device Management (MDM) market with the launch of its new enterprise mobility solution, BlackBerry Mobile Fusion. RIM claims that this will enable organisations to manage smartphones and tablets running BlackBerry, Google Android and Apple iOS operating systems.

We expect some customers will interpret BlackBerry’s announcement as offering users access to their BlackBerry encrypted email on an iPhone or Android, however this is not the case. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is an MDM solution for pushing out a limited number of device management policies over-the-air to iPhone or Android devices. Corporate email will still need to be sent to these devices via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and be reliant on iOS or Android standard security features to secure this data.

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, therefore, does not offer Blackberry Enterprise levels of security for iPhones or Androids, but Excitor DME does. DME includes the following Enterprise Security features for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian Smartphones and Tablets:

  • A secure partition for corporate data, allowing the remote wiping of corporate data only from a user’s personal device.
  • Proprietary on device encryption & password management system not susceptible to vulnerabilities in Mobile Operating Systems.
  • Proprietary push email & over the air encryption system with no reliance on Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync push email.
  • UK CESG Security Accredited, suitable for UK Government use.