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No, we block BIS email via policy 1 14.29%
Yes, we made a business decision to allow it on our corp devices 4 57.14%
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Old 09-05-2008, 03:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Good morning to all of you lovely BES Admins

There are quite a few threads about BIS and BES, but some of them refer to much older versions of the software and I could not find a thread that fully addressed my issue, so I have started this thread.


I have had a BB Policy that blocks 3rd party email (amongst others) on our devices. This has been in place for a few years, and all my users accept it.
We have just had a new VP start, and he is NOT happy that his BB won't support personal email once hooked up to my BES. Basically, he is going to keep pushing this, and as he is friends with the Chairman, this is going to run and run. He basically wants to be left out of the corporate IT Policy (no way, says Jadey, it does more than just block BIS!) OR to amend the policy to allow his BIS email.


What do you do in your organisations?
Do you allow users to use BIS and BES email?
If YES, what are your justifications for doing so?
If NO, what are your justifications for doing so?
Are there any known security issues by running the two?

I am not going to keep parts of a policy live for the sake of it, so if there really is **zero** thread to the enterprise, I would change the policy. However, from my limited understanding of BIS and the message store on the handheld and MDS on the BES, I am worried that opening up BIS access is opening up a "hole" into the network on every device, or a route in for dodgy mail, or an (unlogged) route out for BES emails forwarded on BB with BIS account... etc.

Thoughts please!

Much appreciated.
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Our IT policy has no restrictions and the owner does not want them.
Our remote sales men have laptops that are not locked down except for antivirus.

When the first incedent happens then this might change.

We dont use MDS at this point.
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If you don't mind me asking, how many users are on your BES?
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We made a decision to allow BIS accounts. We have setup our on call users with a Gmail account as a backup in case there were any issues with the BES.
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