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Blackberry CEO lays into Android Knox security

Despite Google's OS overtaking Blackberry in the enterprise
Fri Jul 04 2014, 10:29
Blackberry CEO John Chen shows off Passport and Classic handsets. Image via Crackberry

BLACKBERRY CEO John Chen has taken a swipe at Android's Knox security in a blog post, advising business customers to stick with Blackberry instead.

Google announced during its I/O conference keynote that it would implement Samsung's Knox system in Android. While this news was "welcomed" by Blackberry's CEO, Chen doesn't think the offering is good enough, and has been quick to lay into it in a blog post.

"The need to improve Android;s security was clear. And it validates what we at Blackberry have been saying all along about the potential perils that businesses face in the BYOD era," Chen said.

The Blackberry CEO, perhaps ironically, first slammed Knox for its lack of users, saying, "Knox hasn't been widely adopted - fewer than [two] million Samsung phones are actually running Knox today. Meanwhile, tens of millions of BlackBerry devices are trusted every day by Fortune 1000 firms worldwide."

However, Chen is perhaps forgetting about Blackberry's sinking user base, and likely hasn't read yesterday's report from from business consultancy firm Frost and Sullivan, which claimed that Android is now the most widely used operating system across organisation-owned devices, followed by iOS, Windows Phone and - in last place - Blackberry.

Still, Chen's criticism of Knox didn't stop there, as he went on to say that the software is not secure enough. He didn't explain how exactly, but he advised firms that they should look to Blackberry for security instead.

"While KNOX tries to build a fortress upon an insecure foundation, Blackberry's entire infrastructure - not just Balance, but every single component - is constructed upon a multi-decade bedrock of mobile management and security expertise.

"While we applaud Google and Samsung for their plans, we don't think it's enough for security-minded enterprises. Instead, look to companies that have literally invested [three] decades into advancing the twin causes of security and productivity. In other words, don't be dazzled by those who can talk the security talk.

"Instead, look to the company that has proven repeatedly it can walk the walk." µ


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