As part of the BlackBerry Security Summit held in NYC, we got to catch up with Jeff Gadway from the BBM Product Marketing team to learn more about BBM Protected, how it works and what to expect in the future updates for the secure enterprise messaging service. If you're not familiar with BBM Protected, it provides an enhanced security model for BBM messages sent between BlackBerry smartphones and is the only secure mobile instant messaging app that uses a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic library.
When BBM Protected was initially launched last month, it was targeted for only for EMM Regulated Work Space in Corporate-Owned, Business-Only (COBO) deployments, which also required a BlackBerry Enterprise Server Gold Client Access License. The next phase though will enable BBM Protected on Corporate Only, Personally Enabled (COPE) deployments with BlackBerry Balance enabled including BES10 Cloud. Once that is complete, in the fall BBM Protected will then be rolled out to iOS and Android devices through Secure Work Space.
Needless to say, BlackBerry is working hard on BBM Protected and ensuring anyone who has increased security needs has access to the messaging service through their enterprise offerings. Hit play on the video above to learn more and see how it all works between devices.