|BlackBerry is venturing into the IoT and security spaces / Photo Credit: Sundry Photography (via Shutterstock)|
CEO of Blackberry John Chen spoke at the recent BlackBerry World Tour event to outline how the company has accelerated its push into the IoT and security spaces since last year, according to Mike Moore of TechRadar, an online publication focused on technology. BlackBerry has focused on software since it left its mobile hardware operations in 2015. The company hoped that its Spark security platform would “help simplify protecting the IoT.”
Chen explained that BlackBerry currently has more than “half a billion endpoints connected and protected across the globe.” He added that this number is a “conservative number” for his company. “Think about the number of BlackBerry devices out there, and 150 million cars with QNX installed...we have a very healthy stock, Chen stated.” He then outlined BlackBerry’s vision of providing all the endpoint security architecture’s parts, be it a zero-trust platform, secure communications, or authentication/identity management.
The whole idea is to ensure that BlackBerry has a stack capable of securing and managing all endpoints for IoT application, Chen said. “We’re making good progress, and you’ll see that continuing for at least the foreseeable future,” he pledged. The event took place months after BlackBerry acquired AI security experts Cylance. The deal helped widen BlackBerry’s knowledge in the industry.
Chen highlighted Cylance’s ability to work both in the cloud and on-premise, online and offline alike, making its technology attractive to the growing IoT network in industries that are mandated “to have security-conscious apps locked down offline.” Meanwhile, BlackBerry’s UEM platform will start to utilize Cylance’s AI and machine learning expertise by CES 2020 in January. Chen also hopes to roll out a mobile-based detection (MTD) services at the event.
In his perspective, the system would start to incorporate machine learning and predicting capabilities into the MTD platform. Chen acknowledged, “We do need the technology. We need it for endpoint management and the IoT infrastructure…(Cylance) is such a key component of our future, we had to acquire it.”