Blackberry devices are well known, admired and accepted across the globe by enterprises and federal security agencies due to security level it followed which makes user data secure and almost really impossible to intercept or being stolen. Later, as user-experience changed with the new technologies, the same feature became a big drawback for RIM to compete with its rival products iPhone and Android segments. Now biggest challenge with RIM was to think about a solution that keeps its security feature intact which is accepted by corporates and federal agencies and giving flexibility to the end-user.
BlackBerry’s Balance technology is a concept which gives protection for company data and network without compromising the end-user experience. It is designed to separate and secure work and personal information on BlackBerry devices [For BlackBerry smartphones, requires a smartphone using BlackBerry 6 or later activated using BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0.3 or later. For BlackBerry tablets, requires a BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 or later activated using BlackBerry Mobile Fusion 6 or later] so that people can stay connected to the important people and things in their personal life. BlackBerry Balance technology gives them peace of mind that their privacy is respected while their sensitive work information is protected. BlackBerry Balance is available with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express services.
Key features of BlackBerry’s Balance technology covers:
Manage work and personal data in a simple and secured way: -BlackBerry’s Balance technology manages and restricts apps and data that are sent by your organization to BlackBerry devices from being accessed by personal apps. This is to determine that work information is kept separate and secure. So users’ personal apps can’t access work information, and work information can’t be copied and pasted into personal apps or email messages. This helps to improve employee productivity and satisfaction as the automatic separation of work and personal apps and information means they can enjoy the fullest work-life experience on their BlackBerry devices. Secure work information on employee-owned devices:- You can wipe all information or just work information on BlackBerry devices remotely using BlackBerry’s Balance technology. So if an employee using a personally-owned BlackBerry device for work purposes leaves your organization, an administrator can remotely wipe business information from the device. Or, if a device you manage is lost or stolen, an administrator can wipe all information from the device to help prevent sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands.
Balance Technology is implemented purely based on user experience and hence required very minimal or no need to train the user. If a user attempts an action that’s not permitted by IT policy or may cause secure work information to come into contact with personal applications, the action won’t be permitted.
You can choose from a variety of BlackBerry devices that are right for you and acceptable to your IT department. They can also find a number of apps to keep them organized and connected in the BlackBerry App World storefront. And when you move on to another organization, BlackBerry Balance technology allows work information to be wiped while keeping your personal apps and data intact.
- Pravin Kumar Thakur