[outages] News item: Blackberry services down worldwide

Jamie Bowden jamie at photon.com
Thu Oct 13 10:55:49 CDT 2011



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Christopher Morrow [mailto:morrowc.lists at gmail.com]
> Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:36 AM
> To: Jay Ashworth
> Cc: NANOG
> Subject: Re: [outages] News item: Blackberry services down worldwide
> 
> On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 11:13 AM, Jay Ashworth <jra at baylink.com>
wrote:
> > ----- Original Message -----
> >> From: "Jamie Bowden" <jamie at photon.com>
> >
> >> Someday either Google or Apple will get
> >> off their rear ends and roll out an end to end encrypted service
> that
> >> plugs into corporate email/calendar/workgroup services and we can
> all
> >> gladly toss these horrid little devices in the recycle bins where
> they
> >> belong.
> >
> > <plug>I'm fairly sure K-9 does GPG, at least for the email</plug>
> 
> plus normal mail + k9 will do TLS on SMTP and IMAP... or they both do
> with my mail server just fine. (idevices seeem to also do this well
> enough)
> 
> It's possible that the 'encryption' comment from Jamie is really about
> encrypting the actual device... which I believe Android[0] will do, I
> don't know if idevices do though.

As of 2.3[.x?] (can't remember if it's a sub release that intro'd this),
Android devices can be wholly encrypted, though I don't know if they are
by default. All these kludges are great on a small scale, but the BES
does end to end encryption for transmission, plugs into Exchange, Lotus,
Sametime, proxies internal http[s], and lets us manage policies and push
out software updates from a central management point.  When it works,
it's also scalable, which matters when you have thousands of devices to
manage.

Jamie





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