BlackBerry partners with Samsung for enterprise security


New partnership will see BlackBerry’s enterprise mobility management platform integrated into Samsung Knox

BlackBerry has announced a partnership with Samsung that will see its BES 12 enterprise mobility management suite integrated into Samsung’s Knox security software.

The announcement was made at the launch of BES 12 in San Francisco yesterday evening with BlackBerry chief executive officer claiming the new partnership was “just the tip of the iceberg”.

The integrated product will be available for Android users from early 2015. BES 12 will allow enterprises to securely manage corporate apps and content on both BlackBerry devices and software, as we as iOS, Windows and Android handsets.

“Our Enterprise Portfolio, with BES12 at its foundation, does so much more than just manage cross-platform devices. Amongst many other capabilities, the portfolio provides easy and safe access to corporate data, manages an array of employee IDs, and offers new ways to securely and conveniently collaborate with colleagues,” said BlackBerry global enterprise services president John Sims.

Prices for a subscription to BES 12 start at $23 (£14.66) per device, per year, rising to a maximum of $90 (£57.38) per annum.

It also unveiled a new voice and video conferencing app (BlackBerry Meetings) and software which allows firms to place a separate corporate number on employee’s personal devices. The latter, is the first BlackBerry-branded product following its acquisition of British software company, Movirtu, earlier this year.