BlackBerry releases BBM Protected, first product of its eBBM Suite


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.

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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.