John Chen reminds us why BlackBerry is King of Security


Soon after the Google I/O event finished, John Chen posted a blog post on Inside BlackBerry, reassuring readers whilst it is good Google are taking security more seriously on their new version of Android, BlackBerry does security better and has been for a long time.

Read the juicy excerpts from his blog post:

You might’ve seen the news: at Google’s I/O developer conference today, the company said it would do several things to boost Android’s security. Most prominently, this includes separating work and personal apps and data in coming versions of Android by leveraging Samsung’s KNOX containerization technology.

I’m delighted by this first step. 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.

KNOX does help to shore up Android’s gaps. Like our own BlackBerry Balance, it uses containers to protect confidential work apps and data by segregating them from personal data. But KNOX hasn’t been widely adopted – fewer than 2 million Samsung phones are actually running KNOX today. Meanwhile, tens of millions of BlackBerry devices are trusted every day by Fortune 1000 firms worldwide. Our BES software dominates the enterprise mobility management (EMM) space, with more business customers than our top three competitors combined.

“BlackBerry was MDM before anyone knew what MDM meant,” wrote Forrester Research analyst Tyler Shields

BlackBerry architects security into every single layer, from our BlackBerry 10-enabled devices (which, by the way, can securely run your Android apps) to the networks upon which your messages and data travel, to our secure messaging platform BBM Protected to the BES management software. It’s why we have won 45 security certifications, more than any other vendor, including the only coveted “Full Operational Capability” certificate to run on U.S. Department of Defense networks to a mobile vendor.

No wonder that we serve all 5 of the world’s largest global oil and gas businesses, all of the top 10 pharmaceutical, automotive and law firms, all 7 of the G7 governments, and 16 of the G20 governments. And with migration programs such as EZ Pass, we’re attracting thousands of new customers representing 1.2 million workers – with 10% of those coming wins coming from MDM vendors.


I think it’s fantastic John Chen is pushing hard and speaking out on such topics as security and enterprise. Previous management stayed too quiet and let any Tom, Dick or Harry walk all over them. John Chen welcomes business, he’s enjoying all of this whilst touting BlackBerry’s best assets.

Read the full blog post here