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Friday 14 September 2018

Check Point partners BlackBerry on mobile security

Check Point partners Blackberry on mobile securityCheck Point’s ISV partnership with BlackBerry Limited highlights a growing emphasis on beefed-up security for mobile devices, though the Israeli firm’s choice of partner may initially seem incongruous.

Formerly known as Research in Motion or RIM, BlackBerry Limited is the original developer of BlackBerry smartphones, though the hardware is now owned by Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer TCL operating under the BlackBerry Mobile brand.Check Point partners Blackberry on mobile security

Rather, BlackBerry Limited focusses exclusively on enterprise software - including identity access management (IAM), automotive and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions alongside secure smartphone tools designed to make it easier for corporate customers to manage security on large fleets of mobile devices. The new partnership will integrate Check Point’s SandBlast Mobile threat prevention platform with BlackBerry Dynamics to enhance BlackBerry’s Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solution.

Cyber threats targeting mobile devices are a growing problem for enterprise IT departments. McAfee’s annual mobile threat report highlighted significant year on year increases in spyware, banking Trojans, ad click fraud and botnet activity in the last 12 months for example, whilst it is estimated that up to 96% of smartphones do not currently have cyber security software pre-installed.

What’s more, mobile threats are notoriously difficult to spot amongst an avalanche of apps where the boundaries between spyware and the “just annoying” are increasingly blurred. The Pegasus spyware in 2017 was initially able to harvest data from iPhones before Apple thwarted the exploit for example, before subsequently morphing itself into an Android app.

We think the Check Point tie up looks far more attractive for BlackBerry though it should help Check Point get access to a select, but small, group of corporate buyers. Either way, the partnership is a good example of cyber security companies coming together to plug holes in their solutions and expand their business through reseller agreements.

Posted by Martin Courtney at '09:56' - Tagged: mobile   cybersecurity   CheckPoint   BlackBerryLtd  

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