Blackberry service tackles cyber attacks

  • November 2, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

At last month’s Blackberry Security Summit, the Canadian company announced a professional threat intelligence service to help customers prevent, detect and effectively respond to cyber attacks.

Delivered on a quarterly subscription basis, the Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) service provides actionable intelligence on targeted attacks and cyber-crime-motivated threat actors and campaigns, as well as intelligence reports specific to industries, regions and countries. CTI can save organisations time and resources by focusing on specific areas of interest relevant to a company’s security goals.

“Being cyber resilient means making the right decisions at the right time,” said Ismael Valenzuela, vice president at Blackberry. “Cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated and threat actors move quickly. Blackberry’s Cyber Threat Intelligence delivers the details needed to improve detection and response, so organisations can stay on top of cyber-threat activity and anticipate any next moves.”

Chris Kissel, vice president at IDC Research, added: “More businesses are recognising the value of threat intelligence and the distinctive benefits it brings to security teams. Curated threat intelligence from credible experts in the space provides businesses and their front-line security personnel with timely insights, enabling them to better detect, triage and investigate threats. Integrating this service with existing security ecosystems helps businesses stay one step ahead of cyber threats as digital attack surfaces evolve and expand.”

The service will launch in December.

Also at the event, Blackberry announced enhancements to its AI-based cyber-security portfolio that will help users strengthen their overall security posture, improve workflows and ensure business resilience. Capabilities include enhanced data context for zero-trust network access, and faster, more efficient operations to stay one step ahead of threats.

“Blackberry is focused on helping businesses safeguard their sensitive data, solve challenges and stay on top of a rapidly evolving cyber-threat landscape,” said Billy Ho, executive vice president at Blackberry. “These new capabilities further strengthen our end-to-end approach to cyber security that’s deeply rooted in the advanced intelligence of our Cylance platform, which time and again has been proven to identify and stop attacks before they can even start.”

Blackberry UEM allows users to benefit from APIs that offer reduced administrative overhead. This is in addition to stronger integration of all Google services from Chrome OS to Android, offering unified administration and an improved user experience. UEM will also offer more eSIM integration to enhance a user’s digital SIM experience.

Threat hunters now have access to a single-pane view of the most critical issues with the ability to act quickly. Updates across triage and analysis workflows provide an improved user experience that reduces operational burden, improves investigation speed, and lowers the total cost of ownership; critical for analysts as they investigate and respond to endpoint threats.

In addition to endpoint, network and user telemetry, Blackberry’s ZTNA offering, Cylance Gateway, now provides data access and leakage visibility via a newly launched data loss detection module called Cylance Avert. Cylance Gateway also receives enhanced network anomaly detection to identify threats, broadening support for cloud workspaces and more granular access control. By constantly monitoring data and application access patterns across endpoints, email and SaaS applications, organisations are better equipped to detect and prevent malicious activity, including compromised accounts and insider threats, which Gartner estimates are responsible for 50 to 70 per cent of all security incidents and three-quarters of all security breaches.

“The cyber-security workforce shortage has elevated the need for efficiency to be as important as efficacy as security professionals aim to stay ahead of a constant barrage of complex, competing and evolving threats,” said Frank Dickson, group vice president at IDC. “Added controls, workflow improvements and contextual nuance provides organisations with the ability to act quickly in detecting and responding to endpoint threats and are in desperate need by an industry facing a critical talent gap.”

The UX workflow improvements and data context additions will be available later this year and early next year.