In a seemingly roller-coaster ride, security has taken a backseat in recent years. However, due to the NSA revelations, security is beginning to once again be an integral requirement for businesses and consumers.
“As for alternatives to BlackBerry, there aren’t any,” said Sandra Smith, an enterprise IT manager, in an email to Computerworld. “Due to the Snowden revelations, we now realize that if you are running Microsoft/Google/Apple, you need to protect yourself from your OS and not use your OS to protect you.”
IT admins know that the BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) is still the leader in mobile device management with optimal security. The BES software runs through the BlackBerry Network Operations Center (NOC) and through 500 global carriers but is separated from popular OS ecosystems like the ones working with Android, iOS and other mobile operating systems.
“BES is smart because it’s not part of that ecosystem” of other operating systems, Smith said. “Sometimes exclusion is a plus. BlackBerry hardware and its OS will survive because of BES. We are all sitting here quietly paying as BES subscribers because we know and see the value.”
Countless corporations and governments are choosing BES 10. Recently, KPGM and the National Police of Colombia have switched to BES. BlackBerry 10 devices have even been approved for NATO and U.S. Defense use.
“With BlackBerry 10 we have found the best solution in terms of usability, security, connectivity and price,” said KPMG Milan IT Lead Partner Davide Grassano in a statement. KPMG users will have access to shared files and internal resources while BlackBerry software also works to prevent the accidental leakage of business documents and attachments, he added.
If security and data loss mitigation are paramount concerns, you can most certainly not go wrong with BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry Enterprise Service.
BlackBerry 10 is the first generation operating system to have attained FIPS 140-2 validation certificate. “There is no question that BlackBerry has a strong technical security method and history — probably the best in mobile,” said Bob Egan, an analyst at Sepharim Group.