Google’s forthcoming Android L update, promises to make life easier for corporate employees currently carrying more than one smartphone.
“As a user, you can have one experience, and both your personal applications and your corporate applications can live on the same device. All your personal data is isolated from your corporate stuff, and vice versa,” Pichai announced on the IO stage.
Called Android for Work, the new initiative is intended to help enterprise and corporate customers deploy devices to employees with minimum hassle.
This has led to BlackBerry CEO John Chen taking to the BlackBerry Blogs to state that while seeing Android security enhanced, it’s far from enough.
He reminds readers why BlackBerry is number one in security and more.
You mightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen the news: at GoogleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s I/O developer conference today, the company said it wouldÃ‚Â do several things to boost AndroidÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s security. Most prominently, this includes separating work and personal apps and data in coming versions of Android by leveraging SamsungÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s KNOX containerization technology.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m delighted by this first step. The need to improve AndroidÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â security was clear. And it validates what we at BlackBerry have been saying all along about the potential perils that businesses face in the BYOD era.
KNOX does help to shore upÃ‚Â AndroidÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gaps. Like our ownÃ‚Â BlackBerry Balance, it uses containers to protect confidential work apps and data by segregating them from personal data. But KNOX hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been widely adopted Ã¢â‚¬â€œ fewerÃ‚Â than 2 million Samsung phones are actuallyÃ‚Â running KNOX today. Meanwhile, tens of millions of BlackBerry devices are trusted every day by Fortune 1000 firms worldwide. Our BES software dominates the enterprise mobility management (EMM) space, with more business customers than our top three competitors combined.
And while KNOX tries to build a fortress upon an insecure foundation, BlackBerryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s entire infrastructure Ã¢â‚¬â€œ not just Balance, but every single component Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is constructed upon a multi-decade bedrock of mobile management and security expertise.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“BlackBerry is still the gold standard,Ã¢â‚¬Â Strategy AnalyticsÃ‚Â analyst Kevin Burden told eWeek in April.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“We know that to be trueÃ¢â‚¬â€on device encryption, the transfer of data Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all there.Ã¢â‚¬Â
BlackBerry architects security into every single layer, from our BlackBerry 10-enabled devices (which, by the way, canÃ‚Â securely run your Android apps) to the networks upon which your messages and data travel, to our secure messaging platform BBM ProtectedÃ‚Â to theÃ‚Â BES management software. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why we have won 45 security certifications, more than any other vendor, including the only coveted Ã¢â‚¬Å“Full Operational CapabilityÃ¢â‚¬Â certificate to run on U.S. Department of Defense networks to a mobile vendor.
While we agree that demand for mobile security and EMM is growing by leaps and bounds, we also think that CIOs are looking to place their faith in known, proven quantities. Ã¢â‚¬Å“BlackBerry was MDM before anyone knew what MDM meant,Ã¢â‚¬Â wrote Forrester Research analyst Tyler Shields last month. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Security was baked into the BlackBerry devices and BES system at design time and will continue to add business value above and beyond the commoditized MDM componentsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦BlackBerry will remain a leader in the hardware security and device management arena.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Our track record and quality doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t come at an exorbitant cost. Strategy Analytics declared BES10 to haveÃ‚Â the lowest Total Cost of OwnershipÃ‚Â over 5 years of all EMM packages. Nor do you have to sacrifice on flexibility. BES is fully cross-platform.Ã‚Â In addition to BlackBerry devices, BES can manage iPhones, Android devices and, soon, Windows Phone devices.
No wonder that we serve all 5 of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest global oil and gas businesses, all of the top 10 pharmaceutical, automotive and law firms, all 7 of the G7 governments, and 16 of the G20 governments. And with migration programs suchÃ‚Â as EZ Pass, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re attracting thousands of newÃ‚Â customers representing 1.2 million workersÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ with 10% of those coming wins coming from MDM vendors.
At BlackBerry, our entire focus is on making workers more productive, and organizations more secure. While we applaud Google and Samsung for their plans, we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s enough for security-minded enterprises. Instead, look to companies that have literally invested 3 decades into advancing the twin causes of security and productivity. In other words,Ã‚Â donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢tÃ‚Â be dazzled by those whoÃ‚Â can talk the security talk. Instead, look to the company that has proven repeatedly it can walk the walk.