BlackBerry has delivered the secure eBBM Suite for BES devices today. That means regulated and government customers can get their charts encrypted even between companies. It’s pretty impressive from what I heard and is pretty seamless. They just need to find a way to expand it beyond enterprises. More details below
BlackBerry Delivers on eBBM Suite
Company Launches BBM Protected for Secure Enterprise Messaging
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – June 16, 2014) – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced the availability of BBM(TM) Protected, the first solution in the eBBM(TM) Suite for secure enterprise-class messaging.
The eBBM Suite is a new family of BBM products and services built for business that bring together the convenience and usability of BBM with the additional security and compliance required by enterprise customers. The eBBM Suite will include new services designed to enable mobile workers to be more productive on the go, while meeting enterprises’ needs for security, manageability and control. The first product in the eBBM Suite which was announced earlier this year, BBM Protected, is being delivered ahead of schedule today.
As part of the suite, BBM Protected provides an enhanced security model for BBM messages sent between BlackBerry smartphones. BBM Protected brings regulated industries the most secure and reliable real-time mobile messaging experience in the industry. BBM Protected is the only secure mobile instant messaging app that uses a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic library.(1) BBM Protected enables employees to 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.
“We’ve been testing BBM Protected on behalf of our customers and have been impressed so far,” said Zekeria Oezdemir, Technical Director of NovaLink. “BBM Protected is the ideal solution for our banking and insurance customers who have increased security needs.”
The current release of BBM Protected can be used for BlackBerry smartphones running BB0S 6.0 or later or BlackBerry 10 in Regulated mode. Versions of BBM Protected for BlackBerry 10 smartphones using BlackBerry Balance and iOS and Android devices are expected later this year.
For more information about the eBBM Suite, visitwww.blackberry.com/BBMprotected.
(1) Feature initially supported on BlackBerry OS devices; available on BlackBerry 10 devices in Fall 2014. Source: List of Validated FIPS 140-1 and FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic Modules at http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/documents/140-1/140val-all.htm as of May 28, 2014. For more information on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP), including FIPS 140-1 and FIPS 140-2 conformance claims that are used by some vendors that fall short of indicating NIST validation, see the FAQ document at http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/documents/CMVPFAQ.pdf ).
Introduced in 2005, BBM set the standard for mobile instant messaging and continues to drive innovation in messaging and private social networking. Today, BBM is one of the largest private social mobile networks, driving real, active conversations. Customers love BBM for its privacy, controls and immediacy with Delivered and Read statuses and message-in-progress notices.