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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 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.
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.”
Our BES12 software even secures and manages the Apple Watch, as BlackBerry Enterprise Product Development VP Frank Cotter demonstrated on stage (below).
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:
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:
BlackBerry’s embrace of partners is summed up well by veteran tech analyst Jack Gold.
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.
Dr. 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.
James 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.
As 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!
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