BlackBerry on Monday launched its first ever BBM Protected Service. The new service comes as the first solution in the eBBM Suite for secure corporate messaging in the industry.
With the new service in place, as a part of the deal, BBM Protected will now offer an improved security model for BBM messages sent between BlackBerry smartphones.
"BBM Protected is the ideal solution for our banking and insurance customers who have increased security needs," Zekeria Oezdemir, Technical Director of NovaLink, said in a statement.
Going further into the details, BBM Protected is now the only secure mobile instant messaging app that will use a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic library, as per the company.
Also, BBM Protected will allow employees to use the same messaging app to securely message colleagues inside the company for work related issues, similar to the way they chat and share with family and friends outside the company.
The newest release of the BBM Protected service is supported for BlackBerry smartphones that are running BlackBerry OS 6.0 or later or BlackBerry 10 (in Regulated mode). However, Secure BBM Protected chats aren't only limited to users inside the company.
Employees can now chat securely with BBM Protected users working in other companies since they do not need to be on the same BES server, alongside no federation between servers being required, claims the company.
Versions of BBM Protected for BlackBerry 10 smartphones using BlackBerry Balance, and iOS and Android devices are expected later this year.
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