Samsung and BlackBerry have partnered to improve the security of Android smartphones and tablets for enterprise users.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES12) is providing enterprise level security for Samsung’s Knox on Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
This partnership will ensure that Samsung devices are boosted in terms of the security of the Android system by integrating BES12 software into Samsung’s KNOX suite.
“We need to secure Android as a platform because our customers want our devices to be secure,” Paulo Ferreira, director of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Electronics SA said.
Samsung KNOX will also be integrated with two new BlackBerry enterprise services: WorkLife by BlackBerry and SecuSUITE.
Many employees have to carry multiple devices for business and personal use due to the security limitations of the software.
The integration of BES12 and Samsung KNOX will allow mobile devices to run both personal applications and software and enterprise software and apps securely.
This partnership will extend the reach of Blackberry’s BES software, while Samsung devices gain improved security.
BlackBerry has also announced several updates for BES12, further expanding the company’s multi-OS capabilities.
BES12 version 12.2 has integrated these platforms with BlackBerry Secure Connect Plus for secure, behind-the-firewall access to enterprise content without the need for VPN infrastructure.
The update also includes support for the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) for iPhones and iPads.
With BES12 version 12.2, BlackBerry aims to provide customers with more choice and flexibility in their mobile environment while helping to reduce complexity and create better user experiences for employees.