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Security is becoming a top concern when it comes to our digital connections. Recently, BlackBerry Chief Security Officer David Kleidermacher discussed how vulnerable we are online as the NASDAQ hosted a cyber-security summit on the matter. Some of the things he mentions require taking extra steps beyond the generally accepted security certification layers and pushing solutions that can influence the growth of security in our increasingly cyber world.

As if to highlight this renowned focus, BlackBerry has developed Priv by BlackBerry with Google to optimize the focus on security and couple this with the popular and successful Android smartphone platform. Priv will be a device that shies away from BlackBerry’s own QNX-based BlackBerry 10 platform, but is hardened in a very similar manner. This is something that was pressed on by our editor Dallin’s comments. In his piece he states:

BlackBerry doesn’t need its “own” OS to provide end-to-end security anymore.”

BlackBerry isn’t killing its BlackBerry 10 offering either. There are updates to come, two of which have been named by BlackBerry CEO John Chen for 2016, the first to arrive in March as 10.3.3.

Bringing the BlackBerry expertise in mobile productivity and security across platform through BBM, BES12 and now the Priv by BlackBerry will round out the turnaround for BlackBerry to a predominate software services provider while propelling the handset business by widening its range with a more traditional offering. In my opinion, Priv represents the ‘end’ of BlackBerry’s turnaround efforts. 2016 will be spent proliferating the software strategy that’s been set in motion since John Chen’s arrival.

Here’s a general overview of some of the security additives that BlackBerry has built into their upcoming flagship device, Priv. You can read the full piece over at InsideBlackBerry.

“Bringing BlackBerry Security to Android

BlackBerry has applied its world-renowned security model to Android, including:

  • BlackBerry’s Hardware Root of Trust, a unique manufacturing process that injects cryptographic keys into the device hardware, providing a secure foundation for the entire platform.
  • Verified Boot and Secure Bootchain, which uses the embedded keys to verify every layer of the device from hardware to OS to applications in order to make sure they haven’t been tampered with.
  • A hardened Linux kernel with numerous patches and configuration changes to improve security.
  • FIPS 140-2 compliant full disk encryption on by default to protect your privacy.
  • The BlackBerry Infrastructure, a secure distributed global network that transmits petabytes of encrypted data to and from the world’s most powerful leaders and professionals.
  • BES12, the leading Enterprise Mobility Management platform used by the world’s most powerful governments and corporations.

Reaping the Benefits

Whether you’re protecting your personal privacy or business-critical data, the BlackBerry PRIV is designed to keep you safe and secure.

Protect Your Sandbox

PRIV integrates seamlessly with Android for Work to provide secure separation between work and personal data and applications. The Personal Space lets you download apps and protects your personal privacy, while the Work Space lets the enterprise secure its corporate data.

Safeguard Your Privacy

PRIV comes pre-loaded with the brand new BlackBerry DTEK application, designed to help you manage and protect your privacy. DTEK tells you which apps access your personal data and shows the overall security of your device based on factors such as the strength of your password, your encryption settings and the apps you have installed. DTEK even makes recommendations on how you can improve your overall security rating.

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Work Hard, Play Harder

PRIV comes with full access to Google Play, the world’s largest mobile app store. For the first time ever, you get unlimited access to the entire Android ecosystem, giving you even more productivity and flexibility on the world’s most secure mobile platform.

IT administrators can also use Google Play for Work to manage and deploy enterprise applications. This allows them to whitelist apps to create a custom catalogue, self-host the APK files and ensure that users cannot download apps to their work space from anywhere else.”


James Nieves

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  • Graecus

    I don’t care about Androids or apps in that way. I want the best, smoothest operating system to continue to grow and the best, sturdiest, most carefully constructed devices to continue to be made. If I wanted a Droid device I’d have gotten me one.

  • Merritt Cluff

    No doubt BlackBerry had to make this move. But doesn’t everyone who is part of the BlackBerry clan feel it will never be the same now. Bb10 has been good and is just different. Many of us still believe that had CEOs been consistently positive and had they invested in making bb10 better by improving android integration, it could have started to grow again. Surely there are many who do not want to follow either the ios or android crowd, and who find Microsoft consistently problematic. Bb10 is a good alternative. Not everyone need Google Services.

  • jaz

    I prefer BB10 OS over Android. Yeah BlackBerry made Android secure now but the question remains how private is Android from Android itself considering Google’s massive data collection policies.

  • Tris1977

    If Blackberry can just last out a little longer. The focus really is gearing up for security. I’m a little worried about ordering a Priv. I really hope hardware can continue and I won’t be left with a swan song. Even so I couldn’t resist putting in a pre-order at carphone warehouse.