Using the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution is still not only the most secure, but also the cheapest smartphone alternative

By James Richardson on 29 Oct 2012 05:13 am EDT

It was only last week after attending the BlackBerry 10 Jam Enterprise Edition that I put across my thoughts on where RIM currently stands and what I think the future holds for them in the workplace. Just a few days later RIM released a statement detailing the results of a year long study by Strategy Analytics which goes to show that not only is BlackBerry still the most secure smartphone platform, but it is also the most cost effective. In fact - managing non-BlackBerry devices using a ‘Walled Garden' approach is 39% more expensive.

It looks like my BlackBerry 10 Enterprise thoughts may well come true. The haters will still hate and I'm sure many of the newspapers and other media outlets will find negativity in the announcement, but from where I'm sitting it all looks good. Roll on Q1.

You can catch the full press release, along with some interesting charts, below.

According to a new research study from Strategy Analytics, the BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution not only provides the most secure mobile platform but also the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for mobile deployments.


The study, commissioned by Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM), considered typical industry best practices, using the UK government as an example. The entire mobile solution was examined, including device management and devices themselves for a 100 user smartphone deployment running at IL2*, the minimum security standard for all Government departments including schools, health departments and local government. It compared two recommended approaches to mobility: theBlackBerry Enterprise Solution and a ‘Walled Garden' approach to mobility where any non-BlackBerry device is given VPN access to a secure limited zone on a network and is managed by third-party mobile device management software. After one year, the cost to securely manage non-BlackBerry devices using a Walled Garden architecture was found to be 39% more expensive than BlackBerry devices in a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) deployment. The analysis further indicated that a Walled Garden approach would continue to cost more than the BlackBerry solution in subsequent years. 

"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."



Strategy Analytics also assessed the security of the BlackBerry® 7, Apple iOS® 5, Symbian S60 and Windows Phone 7 (WP7) operating systems, using eleven key threats as a framework. The BlackBerry solution proved the most secure, scoring a low-threat level in ten of the eleven categories. The report also found that the end-to-end architecture of the BlackBerry solution, including encryption for data-at-rest and in transit, mitigates the maximum amount of risk and offers essential support for corporate IT policies.

"OEMs and device OS manufacturers need to ensure greater technical controls on their platforms to limit platform vulnerabilities and other operating systems have a long way to go before they can be considered viable options," concluded Brown.
Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security Group at RIM said, "As the only mobile solution to be approved by the UK government to protect material classified up to and including ‘Restricted', the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution continues to set the standard for mobile security. This research study also further underlines that at a time when all types of organisations are looking to drive efficiencies, the BlackBerry solution remains the most cost-effective enterprise mobility option."

Reader comments

Using the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution is still not only the most secure, but also the cheapest smartphone alternative


whoop whoop!

Isn't this old news though?

Either way this is like pouring water on a worm (being the haters). They don't like it when BB is looked at in any favorable way.

Security first is the way for a lot of businesses. Its extremely difficult to work backwards, especially if you are trying to please consumers first.

Did Crackberry miss the news about Immigration and Customs dropping Blackberry for iPhones? Reason given for the switch to the iPhone is that BB "can no longer meet the mobile needs of the agency."

"The iOS services will be used by a variety of agency personnel, including, but not limited to, Homeland Security Investigations, Enforcement and Removal Operations, and Office of the Principal Legal Advisor employees. The iPhone services will allow these individuals to leverage reliable, mobile technology on a secure and manageable platform in furtherance of the agency’s mission."

No, posting this doesn't make me a hater either.

Why doesn't the entire URL show up?

Whe read stories about companies ditching bb for other devices, the truth is that those companies care less about security. You can manage all of those devices via Active Sync which decreases your reliance on BES and therfore a cost savings. But when BB10 is out which can also facilitate Active Sync, I wonder if those same companies and articles will say the opposite..."Firm X ditches iOS and Droid for BB10"

URLS are cut off to fight spam, that's probably why.

Just wait until they get a MAJOR BREACH, then they'll wish they never EVER abandoned blackberry. They probably never even tried OS 7/7.1. Shame on them!!

So pretty much RIM is waiting for some "major breach" to happen for people to realize what they are missing??? I don't like how that sounds. . .Seem like these agencies need exactly what BB10 can offer but simply can't wait for it. . .anyone actually know of big name enterprises actually waiting for BB10??? I don't hear about it but I hear of folks switching to other platforms all the time. . .meh. . .

Managing iOS/Android/Windows Phone using MDM solutions (there is over 50 in the marketplace - along with help from RIM's platinum partners like Rove; fully cloud/fully hardware or a mixture of both) are actually CHEAPER than what RIM charges with BES or with BES+MobileFusion!

However ... the REAL cost effectiveness is with users travelling internationally (not just across the border, i.e. Canada to USA & vice versa /or/ for neighboring countries). THIS is where roaming rates reach sky HIGH!

I work for a very well off company and to see a user travel to Russia from Canada for 1 week with Apple Maps (iOS6 using less data than iOS 5's GoogleMaps), VOIP app (data continues to run past the 3rd party app limit of 10mins on iOS; VOIP apps continually remain connected; Cisco AnyConnect does as well) ... 300MB to the tune of well over $8000 CAN. I'm NOT exaggerating! He's boss told him he wants his iPhone back immediately - and has 1 week after our investigation of which apps really used that much data.

"The study, commissioned by Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM), considered typical industry best practices, using the UK government as an example."

I read and think critically, so this popped out at me.

Of course, plenty of other manufacturers commission their own studies or otherwise influence how their companies - and their competitors - are portrayed in various media.