BlackBerry launches "secure enterprise-class messaging" within BBM
On Monday, Canadian handset maker BlackBerry announced its foray into the private messaging arena, with the launch of "secure enterprise-class messaging" within its BBM messaging service.
The new feature - called BBM Protected - is the first solution in the company's recently announced eBBM Suite for "secure enterprise-class messaging;" and is chiefly aimed extremely security-conscious corporate users, such as banks, governments, healthcare providers, and law firms.
Announcing the new feature, Blackberry said that BBM Protected will essentially offer an additional layer of encryption for BBM messages.
The key advantage of BBM Protected is that, for the feature, BlackBerry provides separate encryption keys for each of the messages sent by the users, instead of just one key for an entire conversation.
Describing BBM Protected as the most secure mobile instant messaging app available, BlackBerry said that when two BBM Protected users initiate a chat for the first time, they have to share a secret passphrase to authenticate their identities, so that the encryption keys can be generated for securing the conversation.
Noting that "BBM Protected is the only secure mobile instant messaging app that uses a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic library," BlackBerry said: "BBM Protected enables employees to use the same app to securely message colleagues inside the company for work as they do to chat and share with family and friends outside the company."
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