CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Blackberry announced the launch of BBM Protected on Monday, the first product of its eBBM Suite.
BBM Protected sees Blackberry upping its game to win back enterprise customers, as well as looking to cash in on the ongoing NSA surveillance scandal. The app, according to Blackberry, is the first instant messaging application to boast FIPS 140-2 encryption, a feature that enables users to send fully encrypted messages between people in the same company and to other people using BBM Protected.
Blackberry notes that BBM Protected will work within the standard BBM application, so there's no need to download any additional apps.
Blackberry boasts on its website, "Whether you're a regulated business, or a highly security conscious organisation, BBM Protected offers an enhanced security model for BBM messages sent between Blackberry smartphones that protects corporate data in-transit by adding an additional layer of encryption to BBM.
"BBM Protected is designed to provide full end-to-end message encryption from the time a BBM Protected user sends a message to when the recipient receives the message. It incorporates three layers of security."
For enterprise firms interested in BBM Protected, Blackberry notes that it is added as an IT policy through the existing BES console.
"There's no new hardware to purchase, no new servers to install, and no Blackberry smartphone OS updates required. And with IT policy amalgamation, you can quickly add BBM Protected to existing IT policies," Blackberry said.
BBM Protected is available from today on both Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10 (BB10) devices. Blackberry added that a version of BBM Protected for BB10 phones using Blackberry Balance, along with those using BBM on iOS and Android, will be available later in the year. µ