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Sandboxing in the workplace

Whether your company has an official policy on bringing your own device or not, employees are increasingly doing work on their own tablets, smartphones, laptops and personal computers. CIOs reported 28 percent of their employees were working on their own devices at least part of the time, According to a recent global survey reported by PWC. Gartner predicts that this number will rise up to 70 percent by 2018.

Security issues, data integrity, MDM (mobile device management) logistical problems, and compliance difficulties all arise from bring your own device. BYOD policies benefit from reducing technology overhead and learning curves, as well as increasing employee satisfaction since they’re using a device they prefer personally. The education sector in particular has been heavily promoting bring your own device, for both students and faculty. According to Ed Tech Magazine, 85 percent allow some form of BYOD. This allows the schools to expand the way students learn, although it does open up major security issues. One way to mitigate a number of the issues that come with this concept is through sandboxing.

What is Sandboxing?

A sandbox, in this context, refers to creating an isolated virtual environment on the smartphone. It doesn’t interact with the operating system, apps or data on the personal device. It limits access to system files and other device resources, making it harder for viruses and other malware to gain a foothold, according to TechHive. One of the leading forms of sandboxing in the mobile environment is Blackberry’s Enterprise Service, which handles mobile device management.

Blackberry Enterprise ServiceMobile Commerce Sandboxing in the workplace

Blackberry has always had a reputation for solid, enterprise level mobile technology that puts security concerns as the top priority. Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 is a powerful tool for a system administrator who is tired of pulling his hair out over unsecured personal smartphones connecting to company network resources. It supports Blackberry 10, Android and iOS platforms, so you can integrate pretty much anyone’s device who wants to use it on the network.

How it Works

All of the devices are managed through a central control panel, making the IT administrator’s job much easier, as the application is also capable of being run on a single server. The main feature of Blackberry Enterprise Service is the Secure Work Space. This is a sandboxed environment that can be controlled by the administrator to meet any government compliance policies and regulations. It also includes a firewalled connection, so you don’t have to put out any additional funds for a virtual private network to connect your mobile devices with. The Blackberry phone already has a sandboxing feature built in called Blackberry balance. It creates two distinct work spaces, one personal and one business. The work space side of the app is completely encrypted and secured to mitigate potential security issues.

If you’re going to allow or promote bring your own device policies in your workplace, you need to have mobile device management in place ahead of time. Otherwise, you’re going to come into work one way with everyone shouting about a massive customer data breach that’s tanked your stock numbers.

Have you used a form of sandboxing in your workplace before?

Cross-platform mobile security solution unveiled by BlackBerry

BlackBerry Mobile SecurityBlackBerry expands its boundaries in mobile security

Mobile security continues to grow as a very serious issue facing consumers and businesses alike. As the world becomes increasingly reliant on mobile technology, protection against malicious parties is becoming a prominent focus of many producers of mobile devices. BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion, is one of the companies that has been focusing more heavily on mobile security. BlackBerry has long been a provider of enterprise-level security solutions for its line of mobile devices, but now the company is beginning to expand its boundaries by making solutions available for other mobile platforms.

New solution aims to make mobile devices more secure

BlackBerry has unveiled its Secure Work Space, a new mobile security solution designed for platforms other than that developed by BlackBerry. The company recently celebrated the launch of its highly anticipated BlackBerry Z10, which has been well received by the company’s loyal enterprise clients. The security solution enables a higher degree of protection for enterprise and personal consumers. Unlike BlackBerry’s previous security solutions, however, Secure Work Space is not exclusive to the BlackBerry platform.

Secure Work Space available for Android and iOS

Secure Work Space is being made available to both the Android and iOS platforms. Both of these platforms are somewhat more popular among consumers than BlackBerry, but this has not deterred the company from providing mobile security solutions for its competitors. Because these platforms are beginning to account for the distribution of valuable data, such as financial information, the need for comprehensive security solutions is becoming more prolific. In making a cross-platform mobile security solution, BlackBerry believes that it can help people protect the information that is trafficked through their smartphones and tablets.

Mobile commerce highlights importance of mobile security

The Secure Work Space is expected to be made available by the end of June this year. One of the reasons mobile security has been becoming a more serious is because of mobile commerce. More people are becoming comfortable with the idea of using their mobile device to make payments, thus increasing the risk of financial information being targeted by malicious parties that would exploit such information.