BlackBerry is trying to help businesses deal with the increasing volume of cyberattacks. To that end, the company will be releasing an updated version of its BlackBerry Guard subscription service, which provides ongoing monitoring and threat detection across an entire organization.
BlackBerry Guard 2.0 is expected to debut in the fourth quarter of the year. The managed detection and response (MDR) service combines behavioral biometrics with risk analytics and mobile threat detection to help create a zero trust security environment that gives administrators more insight into every device and account connected to the network.
In that regard, the updated version of the service will introduce a new customer portal, and an enhanced analyst portal for those who want to look at more detailed metrics. It also offers support for multiple regions internationally, and will automatically intervene and notify the appropriate personnel if it does detect an attack. The automated rapid response feature will improve an organization’s reaction time and increase overall transparency.
The BlackBerry Guard platform can detect many different kinds of cyberattacks, including phishing, malware, and account takeovers. With regards to the latter, BlackBerry Guard uses the Cylance AI platform to monitor each user’s behavior to assign a risk score to each session. Anomalous activity could point to the presence of a fraudster, so the behavioral biometrics solution runs in the background to enable continuous passive authentication.
BlackBerry Guard leverages the company’s Protect Mobile, Gateway, and Persona solutions in addition to Cylance AI. BlackBerry Protect Mobile was built to protect remote workers during the pandemic, monitoring device activity to identify unsafe links and phishing threats.
“With organizations increasingly moving to a remote or hybrid workforce, keeping employees safe and secure no matter where or how they work should be paramount,” said BlackBerry Product Engineering EVP Billy Ho. “With this offering, our BlackBerry security analysts can be better prepared to defend our customers by correlating the enhanced telemetry across mobile, desktops, network, and user data.”
The news is in keeping with BlackBerry’s recent efforts to enhance its portfolio. In September, the company updated its Unified Endpoint Manager to strengthen cloud security for Microsoft 365 users, and it followed that with a SecuSUITE for Government update that delivered end-to-end encryption for group phone calls and instant messages.