“Incredibly innovative” ANZ government bodies driving cloud-security push

Government organisations are setting the pace in Australia and New Zealand as they race to implement tighter document controls to rein in the flexibility afforded by newly-mobile computing environments, the local head of secure collaboration software maker BlackBerry believes.

This leadership had emerged as “incredibly innovative” Australian government agencies race to meet security mandates set down by the fledgling Digital Transformation Office (DTO), which has ordered Commonwealth agencies to develop comprehensive secure computing plans by September.

That mandate – reinforced by a growing trend towards adoption of cloud-based services that tilt conventional document-control paradigms on their heads – had contributed to “very very strong government wins” in recent months, BlackBerry ANZ managing director Matthew Ball told CSO Australia as the company recently brought its BlackBerry Enterprise Server 12 (BES12) Cloud environment – and related BBM Meetings and WatchDox collaboration tools – to ANZ customers for the first time.

Those wins had come because of the broadening footprint of BlackBerry's software portfolio, which has leveraged its well-regarded secure messaging platform into an environment for collaboration and – with the completion of its purchase of secure document exchange platform WatchDox in May – securing and controlling documents even as they make their way into cloud-based environments.

“Decision makers are looking to consolidate the number of companies they choose to partner with,” Ball explained. “They want to be able to place fewer and bigger bets with the companies they're choosing to enable them, and the companies they are ready to buy from.”

Once known mainly for its mobile phones, BlackBerry has progressively leveraged its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) messaging infrastructure into a cross-platform mobile device management environment that integrates with secure environments such as Samsung KNOX and the SecuSUITE secure voice solution.

KNOX interoperability had recently helped BlackBerry's BES12 platform win over an unnamed Australian organisation that has deployed 5000 Samsung devices, and recent commitments by a slew of other unnamed customers had left Ball optimistic that the secure-data market would continue to grow at a healthy clip.

“We've always been known for security and remain the gold standard for security,” he said. “And we're starting to see that need for security trickling down from what was traditionally the top end of town, into small and medium businesses as well as the midmarket.”

One such company is Melbourne-based Morea Architects, which implemented BES12 Cloud to help protect and control its critical intellectual property even as employees increasingly work from the field using a range of mobile devices.

“Knowing our designs are protected by the most secure enterprise mobility platform in the world gives us – and our clients – peace of mind,” director Constantine Dionysios Moschoyiannis said in a statement.

“With BES12 Cloud, we take advantage of BlackBerry’s security architecture, and can manage any device our staff members choose to use, without the need for dedicated in-house technical support, saving thousands of dollars in IT costs.”

Secure, real-time collaboration was also key for Morea, which – like other new customers including construction firm BMD Group and venue-management firm AEG Ogden – has been pushing hard to mobile-enable its environment with a range of tools for securely managing documents and collaboration online.

Such business goals will increasingly drive investments in unified platforms that provide a consistent view of business environments, Ball said.

“Businesses have the ability to make a nice entry into secure collaboration via the cloud,” he explained, “and they're not having to invest in additional infrastructure. Given the proliferation of devices and things that are going to be connected to the Internet, they're all looking for consistency.”

This article is brought to you by Enex TestLab, content directors for CSO Australia.

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Tags BlackberryWatchDoxBBMKnoxCSO Australiacloud-securityDigital Transformation Office (DTO)Matthew BallSecuSUITEANZ governmentcomputing environmentsCommonwealth agencies

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