BlackBerry releases BBM Protected, first product of its eBBM Suite

Daniel Bader

June 16, 2014 8:24 am

BlackBerry has finally released the first enterprise-ready eBBM Suite, dubbed BBM Protected, poised to increase the security between the company’s devices.

Available today for BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 devices, BBM Protected uses FIPS 140-2 encryption to send messages between those in the same company and other Protected customers, a feature that does not require a separate app from the regular BBM client.

Screenshot 2014-06-16 08.18.51

To put it another way, BBM Protected allows users to use a single app to talk to regular BBM users as well as those behind heavy BlackBerry Enterprise Service-level silos. Protected uses PGP-type security model,  along with FIPS encryption, to prevent eavesdropping.

eBBM, the first product of which is BBM Protected, is available for free with the purchase of BES 10. BBM Protected will come to the iOS and Android versions of the app later this year.

  • barrist

    *crickets*

    I’m kidding BB fans. If they maintain/carve a nice niche in the business/security field, I’m happy for ‘em.

    • Syaz

      Another level comment… I’m beginning not to dislike you anymore.

  • Surveillance

    Drug dealers rejoice!

    • JTon

      Don’t think the drug dealers cartel is setting up BES10 servers for them ;)

    • Anthony Roberts

      Too funny lol

  • Stephen_81

    That Graphic is my favourite graphic for how eBBM increases security while remaining portable/compatible with regular BBM.

    Saw Jeff Gadway use it at an Enterprise event and wished I had taken a picture.

  • eyescreaman

    “BBM Protected will come to the iOS and Android versions of the app later this year.”

    This is what will make me switch to bbm from whatsapp/kik. But not sure if it still needs to be integrated with BES

    • Syaz

      It does. At least for now.