BlackBerry expands software licensing to IoT
The incredible opportunities availed by IoT could be undone if security risks are overlooked
BlackBerry announces its expanding its licensing strategy as it seeks to address the growing need for secure, connected devices and endpoints in today’s Enterprise of Things.
The first phase of BlackBerry’s strategy, announced in September 2016, was focused on providing a secure and comprehensive Android software for smartphones around the world manufactured and marketed by TCL Communication, PT BB Merah Putih and Optiemus Infracom Ltd.
The company is now pursuing additional endpoints which could include tablets, wearables, medical devices, appliances, point-of-sale terminals and other smartphones.
John Chen, executive chairman and CEO, BlackBerry notes the tremendous opportunity for connected devices to improve lives. He however warns that privacy and security must be embedded in every end point from the get go for IoT to realize its full potential. For example, companies providing medical monitoring devices must protect health data on the device, guarantee it connects securely to the healthcare system, and most importantly ensure that it cannot be hacked, BlackBerry Secure helps solve this triple threat, he says.
“We have taken a long-term and thoughtful approach to our licensing strategy, which includes an expansive view of the entire Enterprise of Things ecosystem. As part of this strategy, we will work with a wide range of manufacturers to integrate BlackBerry Secure software into both BlackBerry-branded and co-branded devices,” Chen adds.