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BES 12 adds Samsung Knox and Apple Enrolment

BlackBerry delivers BES mobile device management to Samsung and Android for Workplace and iOS

BlackBerry has expanded its BES12 Cloud mobile device management product to support Samsung Knox and Apple Device Enrolment.

In a blog post on the new version, Jeff Murphy, senior product marketing manager for BlackBerry’s enterprise mobility management (EMM) and ID and access portfolio, wrote: “In the latest version of BES12 Cloud, we’re expanding multi-OS management capabilities to support customers looking to run mobile devices across a range of deployment models, from BYOD [bring your own device] to Cope [corporate-owner, personally-enabled]. 

“With BES12 Cloud, customers can feel confident their business data is kept secure and separate from personal data on their employees’ devices.”

BlackBerry now supports Samsung Knox Workspace, which allows users to manage Samsung Knox-enabled devices that run Android 4.4 or later, such as Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets in a work/personal mode as well as workspace-only mode.

Knox workspace is Samsung’s technology for providing containers in the device that separate to allow any application to run securely in the work side of the device, without the need for application wrapping.

The version also supports Android for Work (AfW), which enables platform-level separation of business and personal data, and allows any application to run securely in the work side of the device without the need for application wrapping.

On iPads and iPhones, BES12 Cloud includes the Apple Device Enrolment Programme (DEP), which simplifies enrolment of corporate-issued iOS devices. “Administrators can enable supervised controls over the air to manage large deployments of devices,” said Murphy.

Blackberry originally announced support for AfW in February 2015. At the time, Rajen Sheth, director of product management for Android and Chrome for Work, said the technology creates a dedicated work profile that isolates and protects work data. 

“IT can deploy approved work apps right alongside users’ personal apps knowing their sensitive data remains secured,” said Sheth. “People can use their personal apps knowing their employer only manages work data and won’t erase or view their personal content.”

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