BBM Protected demo caught on video

By Adam Zeis on 22 May 2014 08:14 am EDT

BlackBerry announced BBM Protected back in February, and many are anxiously awaiting the release later this summer. We haven't seen much of it in action yet, but some videos have popped up that give us a quick look of what to expect from BBM for Enterprise.

The first iteration of eBBM, which is BBM Protected will be available in June. It is designed to add Suite B (for those that do not know, this is the minimum for classified communications for the US government) compliant encryption on top of the existing BBM "scrambling" encryption key. (3DES Universal Key). It is fully auditable and able to go across organizations as long as the other user has BBM Protected available as well. The first iteration will only work on BBOS devices running BBOS 6+ and Regulated BB10.2+ activations. Regulated+Balance activations and iOS/Android are slated for later this year. EACH message within a BBM Protected conversation is encrypted with a different random key (they did not explain the process other than to just say that), so even IF the NOC was compromised, and even IF one key was compromised, you would still only get that ONE message. They described this as a PGP type public solution, which is why it is able to cross domains.

In the video above, BBM's Jeff Gadway talks a bit on the features of BBM Protected, and how it will integrate with BBM currently, allowing both the protected and regular spaces to flow together.

Release Timeframe

  • eBBM Suite - BBM Protected - June launch for BBOS devices running BBOS 6+ and Regulated BB10.2+ activations
  • Regulated+Balance (and potentially Balance only) activations Early Fall 2014. (September/October)
  • Android/iOS BBM Protected - Late Fall/Early Winter (November) launch with BES12.

BBM has 85 million active monthly users, 65% of them use the service daily. This is a higher percentage of daily users than Facebook. BBM will be expanding to Windows Phone and Nokia X platforms this summer.

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BBM Protected demo caught on video


You will never get rid of them. You should make your life about something else. You know... before the murdering rampage begins.

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Too funny Quick. Your actually being pretty light on him....thats cool. All in good fun.

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"Nice" is the new first, so you had it.

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I gotta give it to you stomps....the last post asking if Nestlé Quick forgot to say first, he bags on you a bit, and then you get first and second on this post "knowing" Quick was gon gitchu! Too much!

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Can BlackBerry fix, yes, fix cause for today's standard is considered plague. I'm talking about when I send a picture in BBM, and this is for everyone, the one receiving the picture gets a blurry crappy picture... how's that possible?

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It's a great system. Apparently for BES users, the eBBM suite will be an additional service added on to BES12, with a per user charge. As well, you will apparently be able to pick and choose the services in the eBBM suite, with preferential pricing for multiple services.

They need to get rid of the word "protected". Makes it sound like the other chats aren't secure

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I was thinking the same thing. I though all BBM chats were secure, to a degree anyway. At least more secure than a text message.


I second that. All along, I've loved bbm and deeply branded it as secure and way better than whatsapp. But in view of this new product, I'm kinda having counter thoughts on bbm generally. Isn't it normally secure than all others?

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Ok, the normal chats are secure. In this vid he mentions the security that normal chats use . Bbm protect is said to add another layer onto what the normal chats use . But again, they should look into wording it differently

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3 layers of security.

3DES global encryption key (scrambling)
*NEW* Suite B compliant encryption, random encryption (unexplained) on EACH message

I actually attended the Event yesterday. It was kinda dry- But they do have some cool things coming for BBM. Stay Tune (sorry cannot discuss)!

Kind of dry, really....this is so far from being something alive, and so much not inspired old school business behavior and wording, terrible. These people scare me. I thought John Chen changed things.

Well, isn't security in IT per se a dry topic? If it was hip and fun, everybody was using a BlackBerry I guess.. ;)

Jokes and humor don't have much space here I guess. "BBM Protected - The digital condom for safer conversations" -- An IT guy who tries to be witty.

I think you all are taking my comment the wrong way (or maybe I entered it the wrong way). I did not say that what BB is doing or where they are going with their product/s was dry. The atmosphere within the room was kinda dry. I had two people behind me sleeping one person on my right talking to someone on their device. another one playing candy crush. I have been in IT for many years, and I do not think it is kinda dry- I love it! The atmosphere was dry. Very lackadaisical claps just dry. I did not mean to offend anyone. I hope your day gets better!

Looks great and will definitely be a money maker for BlackBerry. Just keep the time frames for launch and don't let anything slip to next year. BlackBerry needs to prove that they can deliver on time as expected with products and services. No more delays.

Are you suggesting a subscription based eBBM-like option for consumers?

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Nope, just stronger security out of the box for those who want it. No snooping from BlackBerry or any agency possible unless they take over the device itself. That's what secure IM apps are doing on other platforms and it works well. So well that Facebook will kill its IM API next year so that it can still read and sell messages.

These are the kinds of things that will help BlackBerry get back on track. Palm couldn't do this and that's why they died.

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Adam were you there I did not see you? Jeff Said the messages will have three levels of encryption, compared to the two levels regular BBM has. At least that is how I understood it.

This is shaping up nicely. Glad to see a practical use for BBM tech. Regular BBM is still too lacking for the big time right now.

Signature - Google wants your info. What are you gonna do about it?

This is going to get some attention, forward thinking concepts appear to be the focus under JC.

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Man when I saw the headline I read it to quick. I thought the said bbm protect not protected. It's cool but I want them to bring back and spice up the old bbm protect for BBOS10.............

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Forgive my ignorance, and I think I know the answer to this already, but these features are going to require a BES connected BlackBerry to work, correct?

This will be fine for the Enterprise... But BBM for the consumer is dead. Too bad I think it's the best messaging platform out there.

Isn't this the time where someone says Whatsapp already does this? Go ahead and have some fun with the comment.

I sincerely hope this is the first step in bringing back granular search in BBM for BB10. I miss having the ability to view a specific chat history, search for keywords, and be able to view findings on specific dates that are sorted based on the results.

They mentioned auditing eBBM, so this should be doable.

I am curious why people have that attitude. Going forward software and services will make up the MAJORITY of BlackBerry revenue and offerings.

I care about features I and the majority of BlackBerry users will actually be able to use and aren't locked behind absurd paywalls. BBM is fighting to remain relevant. It doesn't need to be artificially gimped by its parent company.

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I would like to see a breakdown but I doubt BlackBerry has significantly more consumer than enterprise customers anymore. That number has been steadily dropping. Despite consumer wants, BlackBerry MUST focus on the enterprise

I'd be willing to pay a few dollars for a yearly subscription for BBM protected, and I'm your average Joe user.

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I was at the event and it is a extra level of security a plaid over the security that all ready exist

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eBBM is not the most important thing here. it's the device that's using eBBM.. my guess? a slider device. with a belt and full touch screen. the movements he uses to move around eBBM reminds me of the torch. well, a torch with a fancy new eBBM.

maybe it's the blackberry classic! *shrug*

Okay, this is what I love to hear...more BBM usage than FB? Wooooow, because I know A LOT of FBERS!!! And finally, BlackBerry is expanding BBM too WinMo & NokiaX...WTF took so long? anyways, keep it up BB, Web platform, then charge minimal fee for subscription.

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With all of the great features that BES offers over just being a regular consumer, I have wondered, are there any members on here willing to run a BES with other members contributing to it so we can have these features too?

I know am I starting to think this might be a viable option to run, or, as other people mentioned, maybe CrackBerry can look into running a BES and have members sign up for it? I know with all the press and new features being offered on BES, I would certainly throw some money that way.

BES10 cloud is the BES12 (mostly) cloud offering. Hosted solutions and multitenant solutions are coming too. By March, small to medium businesses will be able to enroll in the multitenant solution. Regular consumers should be able to pay (monthly likely) for access to this. I doubt they will require a business ID or anything.

I have heard several people iterate the fact that this will more than likely require a minimum headcount of approximately 20 or so. Is there any truth to that? If so, at the very least, a small group of like minded people would need to apply for a hosted solution.

Eh, that doesnt really make sense. If you want to purchase it, that is easy to do, it may have a minimum CAL of 20 (which is not unreasonable), but as long as you purchase this there should not be an issue. Ive run personal BES for Exchange before with 20 CALs in my own home without issue.