• Webinar Focused on BlackBerry and Android's Union

    BlackBerry and Google are in a burgeoning new relationship. The security and privacy BlackBerry enterprise can bring to Android is a welcome idea to Google, I'm sure.

    Inside BlackBerry Business Blog elaborates on why this partnership makes a heck of a lot of sense:
    ...Android is the most popular mobile operating system on the market – as of Q2 2015, it holds a staggering 82.8% global share. That doesn’t mean it’s not without its problems, of course. Fragmentation continues to dog the platform, and the incredibly varied selection of different Android devices on the market present a significant obstacle to enterprise adoption.

    It’s also the most frequently targeted mobile OS in the world, and 98% of malware is designed for Android.

    These statistics are made all the more troubling by the fact that the role of mobile devices in data breaches is growing ever more prominent. Given that a staggering 74% of businesses lack mobile data breach protection, it’s clear that enterprises need a secure means by which they can implement Android.
    Last Thursday, BlackBerry and Google ran a webinar to talk about this very thing. So how'd it go? It's all about the profiles.

    BES provides the backbone for security while Android For Work (AFW) provides the user interface to separate the personal Android space of your device into a secure side for work. Not a bad idea.

    Michael Wyatt, Google EMEA Head of Chrome and Android, had this to say about the partnership:

    “I’m really thrilled that we’re partnering with BlackBerry, because I think that together it’s a really powerful, secure solution,” continued Wyatt. “You’ve got the Google Play App Store, secure storage/encryption, data leak protection, and we’ve now got a really nice way to manage Android out in the field in a really secure way. I think BlackBerry and Android for Work together are giving us what we should have had years ago, really – a nice, simple, secure, easy to deploy solution on pretty much any device.”
    There was more at the webinar too.

    In addition to discussing the partnership itself, topics covered by the webinar include:

    • How Android for Work is designed to safeguard user privacy, and how BES12 further enables that.
    • The features of BES12, and how they interact with Android for Work.
    • How Secure Connect Plus fits in.
    • What makes BES12 the ideal solution for dealing with Android fragmentation.
    • Licensing details for BES12/Android for Work.
    You can view the archived presentation here and read BlackBerry's own summary of the event here.

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