I know you're reading this BlackBerry folks.....
And I know your software can do this.
I also know you've got it shut off.
I am speaking of S/MIME capability in the stock email client. At present the stock client does not support encryption unless the phone is connected to BES -- even in the leaked 10.2 versions. But I know it's "in there" because it does work if you're on a BES account.
The problem appears to be that the phone refuses to load the certificate necessary -- it does load my CA certificate (which it needs to work with the VPN), but when attempting to load the public/private key pair for email it garfs (although it won't tell me why it doesn't like the cert.) It does know what it is, and it does validate it though -- I can email the cert to myself, get prompted for the password on the private key half, and the email client can open it and display its properties.
C'mon BlackBerry -- I know you can turn this on. Require device encryption be enabled for it to work if you want, but turn it on so we can all have secure email on our devices -- BES or no BES.
IOS supports this -- there's no reason for you to hold it back!
Incidentally, if BlackBerry wants something to drive the wedge? The ease of supporting a private CA (I'm doing it and it was trivial) along with both strong S/MIME support AND the ease of setting up industrial-grade IPSEC/IKEv2 VPN capability plus its internal encrypted device support means that BlackBerry can easily position itself as a means of stopping the snooping.
In addition since BlackBerry is not staking their claim on stealing all the data of their users and selling it (ala the other guys) they don't have a business reason to evade strong personal security.
Do it BlackBerry. It'll sell, especially in today's environment.
Take the damn gloves off.
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