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Heins Says “Wait for First Big Security Flaw” For Enterprise Market to Turn Back to BlackBerry

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The New York Times obviously had their story angle established before they got this quote from RIM’s new CEO, Thorsten Heins, but it is an interesting one. The NYT threw in something we have been hearing from quite a few security gurus since iOS and Android started making inroads into the enterprise. I doubt RIM’s strategy is to wait for this to happen but like a major earthquake in California everybody seems to know it is going to happen sometime. RIM is planning on supporting both iOS and Android management in their upcoming BlackBerry Fusion product but other solutions like Goodlink attempt to contain the possible damage from a big security issue.

Check out exactly what Thorsten Heins had to say to the NYT:

Mr. Heins believes that RIM’s advantage in the business market remains the company’s focus on security. He said that RIM regularly speaks to chief information officers, who say they do not like that Android devices and iPhones have become prominent in the work place.

“They are in a pickle. Their pickle is security,” Mr. Heins said in an interview. “When the first big security flaw even happens in one of the large enterprises, you will see this turn around. Wait for the day this happens.”

I am not sure if Heins really expects these companies to backpedal but this really stresses RIM’s need to release BlackBerry 10 phones that RIM promises will address this “Consumerization of IT.”

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  1. The sad thing is that most IT departments know these other phones aren’t secure and yet they still allow them on their networks anyway. My company has a bunch of iPhones because the sales people were all clamoring for them and generally get what they want.

    • Marketing and sales are the worse, they can’t live without shiny toys ;).
      Having said that, iPads are great for slide decks and if you’re using the intranet, the risks should be minimal.
      One of my biggest worry comes from how careless health institutions are. Practitioners have been using insecure PDAs for years and they’ve started to use tablets as well, but the security is not there. It’s our data on there, not theirs.

  2. For business focus on the phone. I already see the iPad craze fading in my institution. It used to be that almost every person brought iPads to meetings, now less iPads more laptops.
    What RIM needs is not a keyboard for the playbook (although nice to have) they need a pen and software that actually lets you write, and write clearly, on the PB. That’s a useful business app.

    • “What RIM needs is not a keyboard for the playbook (although nice to have) they need a pen and software that actually lets you write, and write clearly”
      There is the Galaxy Note for that 😉

  3. Agreed BUT!
    Try to imagine a device that is secure as BB and fun as an Android. Sounds too good to be true? wake up – we have it.
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    • An adroid isn’t as secure as a blackberry.

      This is similar to Blackberry Balance, so big deal.

      • Right, that’s why the US DOD has chosen Android then?
        Android can be more secure than BlackBerry, but you have to have the IT team to build/secure the OS. Just like you do it for servers.
        Solutions like Cellrox and Good are only partial that’s why most companies that have a dependency with M$ software will prefer an integrated solution like the one offered by RIM.

        • “The Pentagon has approved a version of Android running on Dell hardware to be used by DoD officials, along with the BlackBerry. The approval of Android by the DoD is a major setback for Apple’s iPhone. This doesn’t mean that DoD employees can use any Android phone.”

          Dorry to bring you down, but read the last sentence.

          • i.e., the DOD did NOT approve Android.

            • Yes, it’s only Dell devices for NOW, but more will come.
              “The main reason behind DoD choosing Android […] is that Android being open source, can be easily manipulated to include greater security applications and security requirements[…]”.

              • It’s actually only one Dell device.

                it makes sense for DoD to look into this as they need back ups to BB. What if RIM goes bankrupt? What if RIM servers are taken out etc. it’s just good risk management, but the spin here was
                1) you can have just as good security and Android as on BB. Not true unless you are willing to undertake herculean investments.

                2) The DoD has decided to switch to Android because it is as secure as RIM. No they haven’t decided to do that. Both BB and one specific form of one Android device was approved.

                To say anything else is just blowing smoke. It is the equivalent of saying because the Chinese have built one arcraft carrier the US military needs to be on high alert.

                • I disagree that the investment would be that big. Linux has been around for decades. People know how to make it secure. It’s better than having a black box, even if it offers an all in one solution.

                  And yes, I should have said that the US DOD has now certified an Android device. It’s a small step, I’m sure there is more to come because it makes total sense for them.

                • RIM for one will NEVER go bankrupt and have its servers taken down. The Canadian government would never allow it. So your point it mute.

            • And yes, my initial statement was pushing it 😉

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