BlackBerry unveils mobile-security platform for the Enterprise of Things
BlackBerry Limited has unveiled its mobile-native approach to security with the launch of a cloud-enabled platform designed for the Enterprise of Things. This platform completes the integration of the company’s prior acquisitions of key technologies such as Good Technology, WatchDox, AtHoc and Encription.
BlackBerry defines Enterprise of Things as the network of intelligent connections and endpoints within the enterprise that enable products to move from sketch to scale. It is a collection of devices, computers, sensors, trackers, equipment and other “things” that communicate with each other to enable smart product development, distribution, marketing and sales.
“Businesses must be able to confidentially and reliably transmit sensitive data between endpoints to keep people, information and goods safe,” said John Chen, executive chairman and CEO at BlackBerry.
The totality of the BlackBerry solution is called BlackBerry Secure and is grounded in the company’s mobile software security platform. It helps companies manage and secure their mobile devices and connected things and secures communications for all messaging and file types. For example, BlackBerry says the platform helps to prevent hackers from penetrating devices and computers, provides intelligence for highly secure supply chain communications, ensures patient confidentiality in healthcare and safeguards assets in the financial industry.
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.”
In January, as part of BlackBerry’s platform, the company is launching a new portfolio of business-class applications designed for the mobile-first work environment. These include:
• BlackBerry Work (formerly Good Work),
• BlackBerry Access (formerly Good Access),
• BlackBerry Connect (formerly Good Connect),
• BlackBerry Share (formerly Good Share),
• BlackBerry Tasks (formerly Good Tasks),
• BlackBerry Notes.