To ensure that the products have been developed to the company’s standards, BlackBerry’s team of cybersecurity experts will review the device. Post which, the product will be deemed BlackBerry Secure.
BlackBerry, the erstwhile mobile device maker, has come up with a new set of services to help IoT device manufacturers build safe and secure smart products.
A recent survey commissioned by the company found that approximately 80 per cent of consumers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada do not trust their current Internet-connected devices to secure their data and privacy. Respondents were also more likely to choose a product or do business with a company that had a strong reputation for data security and privacy.
In its attempt to address this concern, BlackBerry is offering three new services to help IoT device manufacturers to securely build smart products by supplying hardware and software security support during both the manufacturing and development processes.
To ensure the products have been developed to the company’s standards, BlackBerry’s team of cybersecurity experts will review the device. Post which, the product will be deemed BlackBerry Secure, a recognized symbol of data security and trust.
“IoT device manufacturers can address security and privacy concerns head-on and stand out in the cluttered IoT space by bringing to market ultra-secure products that consumers, retailers, and enterprises want to buy and use,” said Alex Thurber, SVP and General Manager of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry.
OEMs can now avail these three new BlackBerry Secure feature packs
BlackBerry Secure Enablement Feature Pack: The enablement pack offers secure manufacturing and product lifecycle management features. Specifically, BlackBerry will provide a manufacturing station that provides a hardware Root of Trust and is connected to the company’s Network Operation Center that is monitored 24/7 for uptime and reliability.
“During manufacturing, a BlackBerry Secure Identity Service Key is injected into the hardware and recorded on a secure server. Both at launch and periodically throughout the product’s lifecycle, checks are performed to verify that the two keys match. If they do not, the device no longer boots,” the company said.
BlackBerry Secure Foundations Feature Pack: This focuses on making the software in IoT devices more secure.
“In addition to hardening the operating system kernel, the Foundations Pack locks down software being executed with Secure Boot and ARM Trustzone technology to securely generate, use and store encryption keys used for various software operations. It also includes the BlackBerry Integrity Detection (BID) service which various components (kernel, Pathtrust, SELinux, etc) across the software stack, and generates real-time ‘health’ reports that can be accessed by users and trusted third-party applications,” the company said.
BlackBerry Secure Enterprise Feature Pack: The Enterprise Pack is ideal for devices that will be used in regulated or restricted environments as it enables deeper management and control beyond what is standard in Android Enterprise.
“Through extended device management policies deployed on the device, enterprises can protect their data by controlling what can be accessed via device debug interfaces, communication protocols (Bluetooth, NFC), and radios (cellular, WIFI, GPS). It is also able to set policies which add baseline security for certifications such as FIPS.”
BlackBerry will showcase its new solutions at CES 2019.