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article imageBlackberry adds BBM encryption to win over enterprise support

By Milton Este     Jun 16, 2014 in Technology
Blackberry has been suffering from intensified competition as Android makes a bigger appearance in the mobile market while Apple is still maintaining their fan base. Blackberry's new service aims to take another stand against the competition.
More specifically, Blackberry recently announced that Blackberry Protected, the secure enterprise messaging tool in its eBBM suite, is now available. The company has shifted its focus away from consumers and towards core business customers.
The encrypted messaging service is aiming to be the centerpiece for the government- and security-conscious industry players including healthcare, banking, law firms, and more. Many instant messaging services do not meet the security needs of IT professionals and so Blackberry hopes this move will help set them apart.
The BBM Protected service uses a FIPS 140 Level 2 validated cryptographic library. The messaging service will run through the company's own Blackberry Enterprise Servers.
Employees can use the same app to securely message colleagues inside the company for work as they do to chat and share with family and friends outside the company. Secure BBM Protected chats aren't limited to users inside the company; employees can chat securely with BBM Protected users at others companies too — they do not need to be on the same BES server and no federation between servers is required.
The current release of BBM Protected is available for devices running BBoS 6.0 or later or Blackberry 10 in "Regulated" mode. BBM Protected for smartphones running Blackberry Balance, iOS, or Android is expected to arrive a year later.
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