Story image

BlackBerry to roll out EoT platform by end of 2018

17 Sep 18

BlackBerry has unveiled a new Enterprise of Things (EoT) platform that enables OEMs to produce ‘things’ with high levels of security and safety.

The company unveiled BlackBerry Spark at last week’s annual Security Summit in London. BlackBerry Spark is designed and built for ultra-secure hyper-connectivity from the kernel to the edge, the company explains.

Not only will it allow OEMs to build secure ‘things’, it will also allow enterprises to use AI and the Internet of Things, regardless of the operating system the ‘things’ run.

BlackBerry executive chairman and CEO John Chen comments that BlackBerry smartphones led the mobile-first revolution, which is now moving to newer frontiers.

“By combining hyperconnectivity with ultra-security and privacy, BlackBerry Spark is the indispensable component of a paradigm shift to ‘things-first’ which holds even greater potential to reshape society. The ultimate outcome of this inevitable convergence of ubiquitous mobility and computing power will likely turn on the cybersecurity decisions we make collectively over the next few years.”

BlackBerry says that the platform will also allow continuously evolving workforces to provide end users with flexibility to move securely and seamlessly between personal and work profiles.

As an example, BlackBerry says that, “Employees can soon put virtual assistants such as Alexa to work for the first time by giving them ultra-secure access to information and workflows they can’t see today such as employee files, calendars, and emails.”

The platform also comes with ‘snap-in’ hooks to public cloud, private cloud, and other computing services including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Android Things, and IBM Watson.

“Enterprises already look to AWS to help them unlock value from data gathered by IoT devices. With BlackBerry Spark running on AWS IoT, they now have the ability to connect all aspects of their business to new and existing workflows,” comments AWS VP of IoT, Dirk Didascalou.

“It enables our mutual customers to quickly integrate any ‘thing’, from a consumer device, to a simple sensor, to complex industrial equipment, while applying the appropriate enterprise policies protecting their data, brand, and people.”

BlackBerry adds that security is an important part of its development process and says it is committed to the principles of never monetising customer data, as well as protecting customer privacy. BlackBerry Spark includes FIPS-validated, app-level, AES 256-bit encryption to ensure data protection. It is also the only EoT platform provider to achieve Common Criteria EAL4+ for both Android and iOS, the company says.

The BlackBerry Spark platform will be available by the end of the year.

McAfee named Leader in Magic Quadrant an eighth time
The company has been once again named as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management.
Symantec and Fortinet partner for integration
The partnership will deliver essential security controls across endpoint, network, and cloud environments.
Is Supermicro innocent? 3rd party test finds no malicious hardware
One of the larger scandals within IT circles took place this year with Bloomberg firing shots at Supermicro - now Supermicro is firing back.
25% of malicious emails still make it through to recipients
Popular email security programmes may fail to detect as much as 25% of all emails with malicious or dangerous attachments, a study from Mimecast says.
Google Cloud, Palo Alto Networks extend partnership
Google Cloud and Palo Alto Networks have extended their partnership to include more security features and customer support for all major public clouds.
Using blockchain to ensure regulatory compliance
“Data privacy regulations such as the GDPR require you to put better safeguards in place to protect customer data, and to prove you’ve done it."
A10 aims to secure Kubernetes container environments
The solution aims to provide teams deploying microservices applications with an automated way to integrate enterprise-grade security with comprehensive application visibility and analytics.
DigiCert conquers Google's distrust of Symantec certs
“This could have been an extremely disruptive event to online commerce," comments DigiCert CEO John Merrill.