Feature Article

November 29, 2012

Research in Motion Delivers BlackBerry Mobile Fusion 6 Service Pack 2

This morning, Research in Motion announced that BlackBerry Mobile Fusion 6 Service Pack 2 is now available. The new version offers specific updates for Universal Device Service. The Universal Device Service is an element of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, which provides cross-platform management for BlackBerry devices, as well as devices running the iOS and Android operating systems. Using the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Studio, administrators are able to manage all devices through a single console. With Universal Device Service 6.2, enterprises gain access to newly available features to securely manage iOS and Android devices in use within their businesses.

In addition to quality and performance enhancements, the new release gives administrators better means to protect access to Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, and adds core improvements to ease enterprise deployment and provide better management capabilities in the Mobile Fusion administrative console.

The new Features in Universal Device Service 6.2 include the following:

  • Gatekeeping for Exchange ActiveSync: provides enterprises with the ability to limit access to Exchange ActiveSync to managed and compliant devices.
  • Support for Proxy Servers for Outgoing Connections from Universal Device Service: this improvement helps enterprises deploy the Universal Device Service in their existing IT infrastructure.
  • SCEP Proxy for Certificate Provisioning to Managed Devices: enterprises that want to improve security and user experience using certificate based authentication can now provision certificates to devices from an enterprise CA without the need to expose SCEP to the Internet.
  • Support for Android devices with Motorola EDM: the Universal Device Service configures the native PIM client on devices that support Motorola Enterprise Device Management.
  • More Flexible Assignment of Automated Compliance Actions: administrators now have more flexibility in assigning measures to be taken by the system for jail breaking and app incompliance by users and user groups.

Gatekeeping for Exchange ActiveSync, which is compatible with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, is worth detailing a bit more. Because corporate e-mail is one of the most sensitive repositories of information, one of the key concerns enterprise IT admins have is access to Exchange ActiveSync by numerous BYOD devices. It is a sure bet that many such devices are likely to be out of compliance with the security policies of any given organization. What to do?

With BlackBerry Mobile Fusion 6 Service Pack 2 IT administrators solve this challenge through taking advantage of the tight integration of Mobile Fusion with Microsoft Exchange servers. Universal Device Service will directly limit access to Exchange ActiveSync to only those devices that are managed by the Universal Device Service. In the Universal Device Service console, administrators are provided with detailed information about devices that have been granted access or have been blocked from accessing Exchange ActiveSync.

In addition, the Universal Device Service also checks the compliance of managed devices and can use this information to block incompliant devices. Through this functionality, administrators are able to ensure that access to Exchange ActiveSync will be blocked when devices are jail broken, and when users have installed unapproved applications on their devices.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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