BBM Protected allows employees to take advantage of the speed, reliability and privacy of BBM for faster communication, collaboration and decision making while providing security conscious organizations enhanced security over corporate data.
Whether you’re a regulated business, or a highly security conscious organization, BBM Protected offers an enhanced security model for BBM messages sent between Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry smartphones that protects corporate data in-transit by adding an additional layer of encryption to BBM.
Today, BBM Protected received a suite of updates adding powerful new features on the end user and IT side. This update brings 4 new capabilities to enhance the overall experience and leverage BBM even further as a secure communication platform between individuals and enterprises.
Here’s what’s new in the latest BBM Protected release:
- Team Chat – Organizational teams can enjoy context-specific, secure BBM collaboration sessions, with a subject assigned to each session. This capability can help greatly in industries such as healthcare, for collaborative discussions about specific patients, or in financial services, with chats concerning individual client support.
- Priority Messaging – High priority messages appear in red to notify BBM Protected users that a message is high priority.
- Delivered and read notifications in multi-person chats – BBM Protected users can see which contacts within a mutli-person chat have read their messages.
- IT policy: Restrict Copy/Paste – IT Administrators can now restrict employees from using copy and paste functionalities within a BBM Chat through the Enterprise Identity by BlackBerry IT Admin Console.
BBM Protected is designed to provide full end-to-end message encryption from the time a BBM Protected user sends a message to when the recipient receives the message. It incorporates three layers of security.
- BBM Protected introduces a new layer of encryption to the existing BBM security model.
- Messages between BBM Protected users are encrypted using a PGP like model. The sender and recipient have unique public/private encryption and signing keys.
- These keys are generated on the device, by the FIPS 140-2 certified cryptographic library, and are controlled by the enterprise.
- Each message uses a new random symmetric key for message encryption.
- A Triple DES 168-bit BBM scrambling key encrypts messages on the sender’s smartphone, and is used to authenticate and decrypt messages on the recipient’s phone.
- TLS encryption between the smartphone and the BBM infrastructure helps protect BBM messages from eavesdropping or manipulation.