The BES 12.4 update is available now and contains several notable new offerings aimed at boosting customer security, particularly for users on Android or iOS devices.
For instance, a new WatchDox for Good app for is now available via the Good Marketplace so that users can access, edit and share documents from within the Good secure app environment, offering double security.
BlackBerry has integrated Good Technology's secure container and app service to provide a “single source of user enrolment” and add security enhancements for iOS devices.
This includes behind-the-firewall access for iOS mail, and a new service called BlackBerry Secure Connect Plus for iOS that can provide behind-the-firewall access for iOS devices or individual apps on a "per-app VPN basis".
BlackBerry has also updated the Good Work email app. This includes integration with Box, adding the S/MIME standards for end-to-end encryption and the ability to turn messages into PDFs from within the client.
Another notable feature is Good Access for Windows, a new secure environment for the hosting of HTML5 apps. This means that apps and information in them are hosted in containers, and data never leaves the enterprise environment while still being able to take advantage of HTML5 design.
Billy Ho, executive vice president for enterprise product and value added solutions at BlackBerry, said that the new features will boost customer security capabilities in a single environment.
“These enterprise software portfolio upgrades support our customers by providing market-leading mobile security and enterprise productivity while reducing IT complexity and resources through one unified EMM platform,” he said.
The focus on enhancing BlackBerry's security services that can be used on other platforms is key to the firm's future as its device business becomes less important, although the firm still has plans for a second Android handset this year.
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