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December 12, 2016

BlackBerry sets out to secure enterprise of things

The new platform will be based on its mobile security platform and a combination of key technologies from recent acquisitions.

By CBR Staff Writer

BlackBerry has launched a new mobile security platform designed to secure a wide range of Internet of Things devices in the enterprises.

The new service dubbed BlackBerry Secure, will be cloud-enabled and secures IoT devices in the enterprise from end point to end point.

BlackBerry says that this new service has its roots in the company’s mobile software security platform and can help companies in securing their mobile devices and connected things along with securing communications for all messaging and file types as well.

It also noted that the new service will combine key technology features from its recent acquisitions including Good Technology, WatchDox, AtHoc and Encription.

BlackBerry claims that the new service can simplify management and security of smartphones, tablets, sensors and other industrial devices, which are part of, what it calls as ‘Enterprise of Things’ or enterprise Internet of Things.

Some of the applications will prevent hackers from mobile and computer penetrations, provide intelligence for highly secure supply chain communications, maintain patient confidentiality in healthcare institutions and safeguard assets of financial companies.

BlackBerry Executive chairman and CEO John Chen said: “Businesses must be able to confidentially and reliably transmit sensitive data between endpoints to keep people, information and goods safe.

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“BlackBerry is uniquely qualified to address this emerging market now because of our deep experience, industry leadership and ongoing product innovation that addresses future business needs.”

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Chen added: “Our customers’ investments are protected because this foundational platform is not only compatible with our current products and third-party software like Microsoft Office 365, but is also ‘future-proofed’ to address upcoming capabilities such as messaging and analytics.

“It allows customers to build their own apps, workflows and business processes, and will be compatible with future applications and cloud-based systems because we have plans to expand the platform’s features, market segments it supports, and our entire partner ecosystem.”

As part of the platform, BlackBerry is offering a range of applications which can be installed across smartphones, tablets and PCs. These include BlackBerry Work, BlackBerry Access, BlackBerry Connect, BlackBerry Share, BlackBerry Tasks and BlackBerry Notes.

And for endpoint management, the company offers BlackBerry UEM, BlackBerry Dynamics, BlackBerry Workspaces, BlackBerry 2FA, BlackBerry Enterprise Identity and BlackBerry SDK.

BlackBerry said that the developers can integrate these services into their apps through a Platform-as-a-Service model.

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