BBM Protected demo caught on video

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

76 comments

Stomps01

Nice!

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Stomps01

Oh ya and first!(well second but technically I was first)

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QuIcKsIlV3r

wow, you actually think you are cool or something?? *eye roll*

Stomps01

I don't think I'm cool I KNOW I'm cool.

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QuIcKsIlV3r

having your mommy tell you that you are cool doesn't mean you actually are...

niss63

Prolly means more than your comments...

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FuNKBerryZ

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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Thewaxedworm

I think you're cool!

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moyjoy

Get over yourself.

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TranceRomance

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

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TranceRomance

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

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TranceRomance

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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deremi

Transparent security.

AbAll87

I like the fact it will flow with the current bbm

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Douken

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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der_flo

Should be free for everyone

dreamgreed

Everything would be free if no one needed money to continue in this society.

der_flo

wise words,
but then everyone should be able to pay for it without having BES

ChicPolice

True Talk. Eliminate the need for BES

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shahyaz

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.

sickyute

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

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ARWestenberger

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.

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Sayid91

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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sickyute

Ok, the normal chats are secure. In this vid he mentions the security that normal chats use http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3HzCH-5otQA . 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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Sith_Apprentice

3 layers of security.

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

Trini-34

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)!

Sith_Apprentice

Some are pay services some are not :)

 

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sisko2003

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.

MadMarti

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.

Trini-34

No it is not a dry topic at all. It being dry had nothing to do with BlackBerry.

MadMarti

Ok, you're right! My statement was too general. Let's say it's a dry topic for most consumers.

Prem WatsApp

Martini, ahem Marti, you like your drink dry?

Shaken, not stirred?

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Trini-34

What scare me is a lack of understanding... that scares me.

Trini-34

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!

mrfreeze574

Does the demo BlackBerry have a trackpad?

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ARWestenberger

It looks like the demo was on BBM for legacy BlackBerry's.

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pcguy514

It was legacy device eBBM being shown .

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SuperionMaximus

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.

ofutur

Well, when will BlackBerry protect the privacy of the consumers they have not abandoned?

jope28

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

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ofutur

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.

jdr6000

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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Jimberry Storm

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.

John Kastanes

BlackBerry is building momentum. Cash flow break even later this year and positive the following year!

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Q10Nutter

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.

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BerryRipe

This sounds promising!

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Shanerredflag

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

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jampedro

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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Smitty13

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?

Traxxmy

Shhhh.... another enterprise stuff

Symbian is still and always my favourite Os. Nokia 808

Tumacana

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.

Sith_Apprentice

85m active monthly users, 55m active daily users.

It isn't dead, especially since BlackBerry smartphone usage is declining.

MoritaBB

Wow looks interesting

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V. R

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THBW

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

koroshiyax

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.

Concession

BES only. ie: useless.

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Sith_Apprentice

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

Concession

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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Sith_Apprentice

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

smoothrunnings

I guess the big question will be is Blackberry planing to sell this technology know how to companies like Global Relay?

Vector-SS

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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Wolf35Nine

Awkward silence at the end!

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josecheopr1

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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route664

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*

josecheopr1

the ebbm is design cross platform so is going to add the extra inscription.

Mr.KLScott

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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Sith_Apprentice

PERCENTAGE of total users that use it on a daily basis is higher. FB has significantly higher number of users.

Smitty13

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.

Sith_Apprentice

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.

Smitty13

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.

Sith_Apprentice

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.