The security of BlackBerry Balance
Enterprise | 64 Comments The security of BlackBerry Balance It's security week at Talk Mobile and what better security than BlackBerry Balance? Most users know a bit about what Balance  and how it separates work and personal space on BlackBerry 10, but aside from that there are many who don't know much else. For a little insight into what makes BlackBerry...


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Aug 02, 2013 The security of BlackBerry Balance

It's security week at Talk Mobile and what better security than BlackBerry Balance? Most users know a bit about what Balance  and how it separates work and personal space on BlackBerry 10, but aside from that there are many who don't know much else.

For a little insight into what makes BlackBerry Balance tick, we tapped out own Sith_Apprentice to give us a bit of a breakdown how it all works and just how secure your data is.

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Jul 31, 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association ditches BYOD and goes all-in with BlackBerry

Recently many companies have started to implement BYOD policies to allow employees to bring their own devices to work to be be used as business phones. The Canadian Diabetes Association is taking the opposite route however, ditching their long-standing BYOD policy in favor of all BlackBerry devices - both for hardware and enterprise software.

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Mar 14, 2013 BlackBerry Previews Secure Work Space Technology for Third Party Platforms

BlackBerry is looking to bring the same functionality offered with BlackBerry Balance to both iOS and Android. Dubbed Secure Work Space, it will be managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 for third-party devices. The solution includes secure applications for email, calendar, tasks and more. This will allow for BYOD users of other platforms to keep separate work and personal items on one device, much like BlackBerry 10 users can do with BlackBerry Balance. Read the full press release below.

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Jan 23, 2013 BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10) now available for download!

Research In Motion has announced the availability of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10), just in time for the January 30th BlackBerry 10 launch event. On the enterprise side of the BlackBerry business, this is the most important product launch for the company this year.

BES 10 is BlackBerry's evolved Enterprise Mobile Management solution, which now extends beyond managing BlackBerry. In addition to supporting BlackBerry OS devices, the PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 phones, BES 10 also supports device and enterprise application management for iOS and Android. Ultimately, BES 10 is the counterpart required to enable enterprise-specific BlackBerry World and Balance on upcoming BB10 devices. 

RIM has been piloting BES 10 in many big enterprises, and the feedback has been extremely postive, as noted in the full press release below. The recently-announced trade-up program RIM recently announced is also important to highlight. Companies upgrading to BlackBerry 10 in 2013 will be able to trade in their current BES licenses for BES 10 ones at no charge. Keep reading for full details! 

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Dec 17, 2012 10 Weeks of BlackBerry 10: BlackBerry Balance
In our '10 Weeks of BlackBerry 10' series we'll explore one feature of BlackBerry 10 each week leading up to the launch event on January 30th. This week: BlackBerry Balance Continue Reading →
Dec 12, 2012 Here's another look at the BlackBerry 10 OS in action [video]

In case you haven't had your fill of BlackBerry 10 after checking out those sweet new images of the L-Series device, here's another look at the BB10 OS in action. The folks over at did a quick hands-on and showed off the BlackBerry HubActive FramesBlackBerry Balance, the native weather app, the clock and more.

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Nov 19, 2012 BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 update now available for Novell GroupWise

RIM has announced today the availability of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 update with support for Novell Groupwise. The update includes support for BlackBerry Balance as well as BlackBerry Mobile Fusion compatibility. Service Pack 4 will allow you to easily upgrade from Enterprise Server to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 with the launch of BlackBerry 10. 

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Nov 05, 2012 Crash Course: The things you need to know about the upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system
With all of the BlackBerry 10 news it's easy to get lost on information overload. L-series, N-Series, keyboards, camera, Active Frames, Dev Alphas ... it may all be a jumbled mess to you at this point. To help bring you up to speed quickly, we've rounded up what you most need to know about BlackBerry 10. As we near 2013 and an official release date, BlackBerry 10 will pick up speed and the news won't stop as we find out more details, but we'll keep this post updated so you'll have all the latest info about BlackBerry 10 all in one place. Keep reading and check out everything you need to know about BlackBerry 10! Continue Reading →
Nov 03, 2012 The Pentagon promises to continue to support BlackBerry Smartphones while welcoming BYOD

It's not new to us that many companies and indeed governments are opening its doors to BOYD (Bring Your Own Device) users. We will also now see the Pentagon allow the U.S. military to start using other devices, specifically the iPhone and Android devices. But the Pentagon also says that it will continue to support a large number of BlackBerry phones.

However, at the same time, the Pentagon is also looking offer a contract to companies who can provide software that will allow them to manage and monitor all the different devices. BYOD is a reality, so while it's not ideal for RIM to lose that Pentagon exclusivity with BlackBerry, RIM can step up and offer their Mobile Device Management Service, Mobile Fusion. It serves the purpose that the Pentagon are looking for to manage Android, iOS and BlackBerry devices.

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Oct 24, 2012 Is RIM set to dominate the mobile device management market?

Yesterday I attended BlackBerry Jam Enterprise in Toronto, along with fellow CrackBerry writer Zach Gilbert. It was a good opportunity to hear RIM's perspective on what they're doing in the enterprise and how they are different.

We interviewed John Mutter, Enterprise Mobility Architect at RIM. But we also managed to chit-chat with several attendees including some of my former colleagues from the financial community, who were in attendance (Great to see all of you!)

Overall, I really like what RIM is doing in the enterprise. The strategy makes sense, and solves some big headaches for the enterprise CIO. But I can't help feeling concerned about communication and execution, as I'll explain.

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Oct 22, 2012 Strategy Analytics finds BlackBerry Enterprise Server to have the lowest total cost of ownership

Strategy Analytics, who recently made headlines with the news of smartphones in use globally crossing 1 billion for the first time in the third quarter, has now released a new report comissioned by RIM wherein they found over the course of a year long study that the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution not only provides the most secure mobile platform but also the lowest total cost of ownership for mobile deployments.

“This study highlights that the cost of setting up and managing devices using a ‘Walled Garden’ architecture is more expensive than using BlackBerry Enterprise Server with BlackBerry smartphones,” said Andrew Brown, Director of Enterprise Research at Strategy Analytics. “When looking to define a cost-efficient, long-term enterprise mobility strategy, we would caution all organisations across both the public and private sectors to look at the total cost of supporting multiple devices with multiple operating systems over several years.”

Overall, the research shows that companies making use of non-BlackBerry smartphones that are managed using an MDM solution and offered VPN access cost 39% more than a BlackBerry Enterprise Server deployment and over time, that percentage of cost is only expected to rise.

As noted, cost wasn't the only thing looked at in the study either. Security of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution was put to the test using a set of eleven key threats as a framework. It was found that the BlackBerry solution proved the most secure, scoring a low-threat level in ten of the eleven categories. Want to check out the full report yourself? You can download it from here (PDF) while the full press release can be viewed below.

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Oct 13, 2012 RIM CIO Robin Bienfait talks on mobile security, BYOD and more
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Aug 24, 2012 BlackBerry Balance made simple

BlackBerry Balance is a product that we have covered a few times here, but it is also one of those topics that many people may not have actually paid too much attention to as it doesn't affect us all. For business users who supply BlackBerry smartphones or tablets to employees, BlackBerry Balance is the perfect way to keep business and personal content separate and the above new video from RIM demonstrates this in a simple fashion.

The application allows IT managers to partition the BlackBerry so staff are not able to copy and share work data to their personal applications. There is also a big advantage to the employee with BlackBerry Balance - using the app will allow them to still use all the personal apps they want, such as social networking, therefore eliminating the need to carry a second 'personal' device - everyones a winner. BlackBerry Balance is all about giving businesses peace of mind and from an outsiders point of view it looks to be the perfect tool.

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Apr 03, 2012 iOS and Android clients now available for BlackBerry Mobile Fusion
Jan 12, 2012 Hands-On with BlackBerry Balance on the BlackBerry PlayBook - Managing corporate and personal life in harmony on one device!
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We've heard a lot about BlackBerry Balance on and off in the last few months, but haven't had a chance to see it in action all that much. BlackBerry Balance is built in to PlayBook OS 2.0 and allows users to balance (obviously) their work and personal items on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Jul 05, 2011 RIM demos BlackBerry Balance in new video
May 02, 2011 Press Release: RIM launches BlackBerry Balance for Work-Life Balance on BlackBerry


Press Release

RIM Launches BlackBerry Balance for Work-Life Balance on BlackBerry

Unifies Work and Personal Use of BlackBerry Smartphones without Compromising Company Security or Personal Privacy

Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) is advancing work-life balance on BlackBerry® smartphones with BlackBerry® BalanceTM – new technology that makes possible the convenience of using a single BlackBerry smartphone for both work and personal purposes without compromising the security of company content and the privacy of personal content. RIM is introducing this technology in response to the growing trend by businesses to allow employees to use personal BlackBerry smartphones for work, or company- owned smartphones for personal, and the need by businesses to secure, manage and control confidential company or client information on these devices.

“BlackBerry Balance is a win-win for employers and employees,” said Jim Tobin, senior vice president, software and services at Research In Motion. “It’s a secure and cost-effective way for companies to keep employees connected and productive, while also allowing the flexibility for employees to carry a single phone.”

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Jan 26, 2011 A few more details on BlackBerry Balance
Jan 25, 2011 BlackBerry Balance coming soon - Headed to PlayBook as well

The rumored BlackBerry Balance looks to be on its way to public release. The product looks to separate your work and play life on your BlackBerry Smartphone, keeping your personal info private while IT can still snoop on the buisness side of things.

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Espacioshop Puntocom


Just got my BlackBerry Z10. I love it.

I am a Mac user, running everything thru google apps services (email, calendar basically)

I have set up my BlackBerry e-mail w/ no problem, but since I have no IT (I run my own business), I have no idea of how to set up a BlackBerry Enterprise Server for just me, and use the BALANCE feature.

How can I do this?

Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks so much!