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BlackBerry launches enterprise app for safer BYOD on Android and iOS

BlackBerry has launched the Secure Work Space, an enterprise service that separates work and personal data on mobile devices.

The new software, which is part of BlackBerry's Enterprise Service 10, is available for iOS and Android, a first expansion for BlackBerry beyond its own ailing devices.

The primary features of Secure Work Space are containerisation, application-wrapping and secure connectivity, including secure browsing and attachment viewing.

Applications can be managed, with the option to password-protect them. Most importantly, work data that is accessed or created in the Secure Work Space cannot be shared outside this, preventing accidental leaks of potentially sensitive information.

Both versions come with access to corporate email (which connects via BlackBerry's AES-256-bit encrypted Secure Connectivity to enterprise mail servers), calendar, contacts, and notes and tasks, all through a single app. Additionally there is the Work Browser, Documents to Go, and administrator access.

The Android version features a customised work home screen that is separate to the normal, personal home screen.

This is an area of growing importance, given the rise of BYOD (bring your own device) in workplace environments. While productivity might increase with such an approach, security suffers, making it necessary to employ something like Secure Work Space.

The service also comes with working day support from BlackBerry's technicians.