Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Blackberry tailors cyber security to protect data

Steve Rogerson
May 20, 2020



Blackberry is offering enterprises a range of tailored cyber-security and endpoint management options to help protect data, lower risk, and reduce cost and complexity.
 
Blackberry Spark Suites combine endpoint security and management capabilities. The suites are powered by artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and automation for improved cyber threat prevention and remediation from Blackberry Cylance, plus seamless endpoint management, user authentication, and application and data encryption from Blackberry UEM.
 
The suites can improve user productivity and layered security defences, while simplifying purchasing decisions for enterprises who are undergoing digital transformation and shifting to remote work.
 
"2020 is a pivotal year for organisations trying to maintain business continuity, while undergoing digital transformation and workplace upheaval," said John Chen, CEO of Canada-based Blackberry. “With the increased volume and variety of enterprise IoT endpoints and as the scale of cyber threats continues to grow, Blackberry Spark Suites provide a consolidated, simplified endpoint security and management offering to reduce cost and complexity in a chaotic environment. We are excited to deliver the proven performance of Blackberry's AI-powered, zero-trust platform to customers worldwide."
 
The company also announced that payments firm BPay Group has deployed Blackberry Spark UES Suite – one of the four Blackberry Spark bundles – to help protect and prevent cyber attacks on its endpoints.
 
"As a leading payments provider, BPay Group must ensure complete trust in our operations, service delivery and, especially, our data integrity," said Angela Donohoe, CIO of BPay Group. "Blackberry's AI and ML engine, with its proven ability to prevent, detect and respond to sophisticated threats, was a major consideration in our decision to deploy the BlackBerry Spark UES Suite."
 
Blackberry's unified offering is in line with the convergence of mobile threat detection, endpoint detection and response, and endpoint protection platform tools. Gartner has dubbed this combined infrastructure stack "unified endpoint security". Organisations should invest with this convergence in mind.
 
"I expect unified endpoint security like Blackberry Spark Suites to become the dominant endpoint security model within the next two to three years," said Jack Gold, president and principal analyst at J Gold Associates. "Enterprises should be planning now to move towards this unified endpoint security model for increased security, better TCO and improved user experience."
 
Blackberry Spark Suites are available now. The four suites that make up Spark Suites are Spark UEM Express, Spark UEM, Spark UES and Spark Suite.
 
Based in Waterloo, Ontario, Blackberry leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovations in cyber security, safety and data privacy, and is a specialist in endpoint security management, encryption and embedded systems.