The last time we spoke with Jeff Gadway at the BlackBerry Security Summit, he gave us a bit of a walkthrough of BBM Protected and let us know it would be rolling out to more users very soon. That time has come and now BlackBerry has made BBM Protected available to BlackBerry Balance enabled devices.

Today we started phase 2 of the BBM Protected roll out, adding support for BlackBerry devices using Balance technology. This step allows BBM Protected to work in BYOD, Balance, and COPE (Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled) environments as well as COBO (Corporate Owned, Business Enabled).

For security conscious organizations using Balance technology we're excited to be able to offer enhanced BBM Protected level encryption to the intra-company BBM messages being sent between employees inside the company as well as inter-company BBM messages being sent to employees at other companies using BBM Protected.

Just as before, enabling BBM Protected for Balance enabled devices is as simple as turning on an IT policy through the BES console. And for end users, the experience remains as simple and hassle free too – keep using BBM as you do today! End users will continue to use the same BBM app they currently have and BBM messages to other BBM Protected users (either at their company or at other companies using BBM Protected) are encrypted automatically using the advanced BBM Protected encryption. Messages sent to friends and family use the standard BBM encryption.

With this portion now rolled out, the next step is for BBM Protected to arrive on Android and iOS through Secure Work Space in the fall. After that, we should start to see more of the eBBM rollout happening. Remember there's still more to announce that will bring BlackBerry's flagship messaging service to more enterprise users.