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BlackBerry's new service wins key clearance from US defence agency

Published on Aug 6, 2014 11:54 PM
 
BlackBerry chief executive John Chen holding up a BlackBerry device during the company's annual general meeting for shareholders in Toronto on June 19, 2014. BlackBerry said on Wednesday its Android and iOS device-management service has won a key security clearance from the US Defence Information Systems Agency. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

TORONTO (REUTERS) - BlackBerry said on Wednesday its Android and iOS device-management service has won a key security clearance from the US Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA).

The company said the DISA clearance will allow its customers in various US Department of Defence agencies to begin to use its BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10 system to manage and secure devices powered by Google's Android operating system and Apple's iOS software.

BlackBerry launched the service to manage rival devices on its BES system a year ago, as part of a move to help it sell high-margin services to its large clients even if many, or all, their workers use smartphones made by competitors.

The new feature, dubbed Secure Work Space, is managed through BES 10, a new back-end system launched at the start of 2013 that allows BlackBerry's clients to control mobile devices on their internal networks.

 
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