Samsung and Blackberry announced on Thursday that they will work together on improving Blackberry Enterprise Server 12 that would improve security on Android, iOS, Windows and Blackberry platforms. The BES12 software will be integrated with Samsung’s Knox, a data protection system to provide the most secure mobility solutions.
The integration of the BES12 to Knox is expected to be completed by early 2015 that will bring in an additional security layer in Android devices. Knox is known for providing multiple layers of hardware security and its integration with the BES12 end-to-end encryption will definitely improve secure messaging services. The partnership is seen as an opportunity for Blackberry to attract more enterprise customers. Blackberry might also collaborate with the South Korean company on other sectors apart from bringing the messenger services to Samsung devices.
“Blackberry has developed a very close partnership with Samsung,” said John Sims, President of Global Enterprise Services.
Sims stated that the company would be committed in deeper interaction with engineers and development teams in the long-term. Knox will be included b Blackberry in the Gold family of BES12 subscriptions while Samsung will be a reseller by providing the software as an add-on instead of being offered with new devices. A new VPN authentication service will replace the random numerical codes across the platforms. Currently, Knox is supported on a wide range of Samsung devices including tablets.
Blackberry has also announced WorkLife that will be offered by mobile carriers aimed at employees for managing data, call and text expenses on mobile devices and will be available on all major platforms. The latest partnership by Samsung is seen as a way to counter Apple-IBM partnership for bringing enterprise-focussed apps to iOS and will increase the competition. Blackberry is seen as the likely winner here as the company has a strong record of maintaining privacy and by offering secure messaging services.
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