One of the most BYOD-friendly features found in BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and BlackBerry devices in general is that of BlackBerry Balance, which helps BlackBerry users manage and separate their personal and professional data within their devices. The software had previously been exclusive to BlackBerry owners, but now BlackBerry is effectively exporting the majority of Balance over to iOS and Android devices in the form of its new Secure Work Space platform.
Secure Work Space for iOS and Android will be managed through BES 10, which BlackBerry claims will soon receive an update that provides more complete separation for “data-at-rest and data-in-transit.”
The company says that Secure Work Space currently features secured apps for “email, calendar, contacts, tasks, memos, secure browsing and document editing for each device that is provisioned via BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10” without the need for security infrastructures like VPNs.
Naturally, it won’t be as fully integrated into its devices as BlackBerry Balance is for BB users, but the move to support third-parties could help BlackBerry gain a greater piece of the BYOD pie as more and more employees use their varying devices for work.
Closed beta testing for the service has already begun, but BlackBerry says that Secure Work Space will arrive on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets by the end of the second quarter this year.