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BlackBerry Security Summit 2016 Recap: Customer Wins, Giuliani Keynote, Hacking by Coffee Pots, and More [Video, Pics]

Yesterday’s BlackBerry Security Summit reaffirmed a few things, namely, that when it comes to enterprise and end user security, we can Talk the Talk AND Walk the Walk.

Supported by some of the largest players in technology, our invited luminaries, including former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, shared their experience and expertise on how to combat hackers and other security threats.

This post was originally published on Inside BlackBerry Blog.

CEO John Chen set the tone for the Summit by sharing some of the findings of a survey conducted by BlackBerry on the state of IT managers’ confidence in their organization’s security.

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How confident are execs? Not very. Nearly 9 out of 10 executives worry their company’s security is too weak to deter hackers or malware. Half of executives are actually resigned to experiencing more security breaches at their organization as a result of their employees’ mobile devices. Click on the link above to read more of our findings.

“This is going to be our challenge for the next ten to 20 years. Security will be critical,” agreed Giuliani, fresh from his appearance at the Republican National Convention the prior night.

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Giuliani, who was mayor during 9/11, recalled how BlackBerry devices were the only ones working during the crisis. His current interest in cybersecurity, says the former NYC police chief, is “because I hate crime and having peoples’ identities stolen.”

“BlackBerry is on the cutting edge of thwarting crime,” he said. “I’m very proud to be working with them.”

For more pictures of Rudy and others from the Summit, check out our Facebook album. Or watch a video of Hizzoner’s appearance here:

Hacking the Internet of Things

Every year at the Summit we do a live hack on stage to demonstrate how real the threats around us are. Last year, we showed how simple it is for hackers to take control of a life-critical infusion pump that controls how fast drugs are delivered to patients – and if accelerated, could kill a patient.

This year, our best “white hackers” from our recently-acquired cybersecurity consultancy, Encription, showed how easy it is for hackers to use a wirelessly-connected tea kettle to take over a network. What’s the significance of a tea kettle? It shows how prolific IoT has become – with even mundane objects being “connected” and how if we aren’t careful, we create wide open doors for hackers to break into. Campbell Murray, technical director at BlackBerry, and Fraser Winterborn, head of cybersecurity R&D at BlackBerry, demonstrated this on stage (below).


Writing in IT Business Edge, analyst Rob Enderle called the demo “scary” for showing how hackers could penetrate a network using an innocuous kitchen device in just 14 minutes – and then remotely turn the tea kettle on and off to erase any trace of how they got in. But the REAL risk was what our hackers were able to do when they obtained corporate-secured wi-fi password to access internal data – such as confidential emails.

Many companies claim to provide end-to-end, cross-platform security to thwart such attacks. But as our CSO David Kleidermacher (below) remarked during his speech at the Summit: “You can’t have end-to-end security if you don’t support all of the ends.”

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BlackBerry does – with protection for every major mobile platform, as well as emerging Internet of Things platforms (like connected coffee pots).

Our BES12 software even secures and manages the Apple Watch, as BlackBerry Enterprise Product Development VP Frank Cotter demonstrated on stage (below).

Frank Cotter 1News Aplenty

The event – which was live-tweeted from @BlackBerry4Biz via the hashtag #BBSecurity – didn’t feature any acquisition news, unlike prior (2015 – AtHoc, 2014 – SecuSmart) years. That doesn’t mean there was any shortage of headlines chronicling new achievements, deals, and partnerships.

Our enterprise mobility management software BES12 and our secure smartphone platform, BlackBerry 10.3.2, earned a STIG certification from the U.S. Department of Defense, paving the way for their use by the DOD. The coveted STIG certification adds to our total of 80 government certifications and approvals – more than any other mobile vendor.

Meanwhile we announced that our crisis communications solution, AtHoc, will be deployed by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Senate – the latter, as Reuters reported, is a five-year, multi-million dollar deal. Already, more than 3 million U.S. Government employees rely upon AtHoc for fast, interactive emergency communications. Other major media covering our government customer wins and certifications included:

And many others.

Partnering for Success

Our Summit was supported by 22 BlackBerry partners, which included entrepreneurial firms such as Appdome, which is partnering with us to enable codeless integration on the Good Dynamics secure mobility platform to enable developers to write apps much more quickly. Another partner, Symphony Communication Services LLC, announced the availability of its collaboration app on iOS for the Good Dynamics platform.

We were also supported by giants such as Google, Microsoft and Samsung, who all helped sponsor the event and sent key executives as speakers, such as Jonathan Trull, Global Chief Cybersecurity Advisor at Microsoft, Andrew Toy, Director of Product Management for Android for Work at Google, and John Curtis, Vice-President for Regulated Verticals at Samsung. The latter two are pictured with BlackBerry COO, Marty Beard:

Marty Beard, Andrew Toy, John Curtis

BlackBerry’s embrace of partners is summed up well by veteran tech analyst Jack Gold.

Not long ago would NEVER have seen @Samsung at a @BlackBerry event. But good partners now. Shows new BB biz strategy. #BBSecurity #mobile

— Jack Gold (@jckgld) July 19, 2016

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BlackBerry Goes To School


Blog Post Written By: Gagandeep Garg and James Dreher

A few weeks ago we made the brief trip down University Avenue in BlackBerry’s hometown of Waterloo, Ontario to host an employment info-session for students at the University of Waterloo. As we do each term at various STEM-focused universities, this provides us with the opportunity to meet with students interested in working at BlackBerry during their cooperative (co-op) education student work terms, in addition to full-time roles after graduation.

As student positions at BlackBerry continue to be some of the most sought after by students at the University of Waterloo, and other STEM-focused universities across the country, these events help us to converse with and mentor students on industry trends and gaining employment in the technology field.

waterloo_coop2Dr. Bob (Bowerman) greeting students in the DC lounge, just outside of his old office at UW

This term’s speakers from BlackBerry included:

  • Robert Bowerman (SVP, Enterprise Software, Architecture & Development) who returned to his alma matter where he taught for 6-years to speak about how the co-op program is engrained in BlackBerry’s corporate culture
  • Michael Clewley (Director Handheld Software Product Management) who spoke about his own student experience at BlackBerry and the opportunities afforded to him as a result
  • James Dreher (Senior Enterprise Solutions Manager) who offered insight into applying to student positions from a manager’s perspective, and
  • Matthew Fisher (Senior Manager, Business Applications – Customer Experience and Technology) who shared how students on his own team have an incredible amount of input in their own role, and have the ability to shape their own day-to-day responsibilities with their team.

waterloo_coop3James Dreher shares his insight into what hiring managers at BlackBerry are looking for.

Even within the BlackBerry Developer Blog we encourage our student colleagues to strive to write blog content to share with our BlackBerry Developers. They often provide us with a fresh perspective and are eager for the opportunity to reach such an audience. You can see some of the work of our previous students, Andrew and Sanam, below.

coop student applications chartAs far as the competitiveness of the applications received, you can see from the pie-chart depicting the approximate student positions at BlackBerry per term compared to the number of applications received. Students from throughout the world (and Canada) have been applying for the positions available which suit them best, according to their prior experience or interest.

At BlackBerry, students also have the opportunity to work from various locations around the globe. Current positions for students are available in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada.

If you’re a student or recent grad interested in applying at BlackBerry, feel free to reference the following links for employment and contact information. We’d love to hear from you!

3 days ago
Enterprise Apps Newsletter & Developers for Enterprise Apps Website Launch

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Stay on the Leading Edge of Secure Mobile App Development

Click here to access the Newsletter to do more with your Mobile Platform – Build custom developed apps unique to your business, and deploy leading business apps that deliver enhanced collaboration, productivity, and performance.

We got you covered… You will learn more about development best practices, and our best in class platform SDK that does all the heavy lifting for you like; Security, Mobile Back-End Services, and Connectivity, so you don’t have to worry about it as a developer.

Newsletter Benefits: BBRY2655_Pillars_of_App_Developement_Icons_R2

  • Access to the Developer Webcast Series and Technical Videos
  • News and Updates for secure cross-platform mobile app development
  • Connect with developers and technical experts in the Dev Support Forum
  • Step by Step App Build Process through our New Developer Website

(Access to developer tools, resources & GD SDK)

…and much more

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NEW! Check out the new Developers for Enterprise Apps Website HERE.

We’re excited to launch our new BlackBerry Developer website with Good Dynamics integrated all into one place. The new site is now ready to better support your growing development needs and keeping your business apps secured – anytime, anywhere and on any device.

  • All the valuable resources developers rely on, conveniently grouped together under the “Resources” tab, including:
    • Downloads
    • Documentation
    • API Reference
    • Shared Services
    • Samples
    • Developer Community
  • Providing a you simplified and supportive development process – Step by step Good Secured App “Get Started” resources are there to create enterprise ready applications to enable your organization and users to do more!

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