BlackBerry launches cyber security services

BlackBerry has launched cyber security services to safeguard people, privacy and assets, with vehicle security and GDPR compliance leading the new offering

BlackBerry has announced the introduction of cyber security consulting services at the BlackBerry Security Summit in London.

John Chen, executive chairman and CEO at BlackBerry, said cyber security has evolved from a technological consideration to a basic need, with the cost of cyber attacks projected to escalate from $400bn in 2016 to $6tn by 2021, according to research firm Cybersecurity Ventures.

Meanwhile, he said, the shortage of cyber security professionals is expected to increase from 200,000 in 2016 to 3.5 million by 2021.

Chen also highlighted BlackBerry’s security leadership, noting that Gartner scored BlackBerry software top in all six categories of its critical capabilities for high-security mobility management report for two consecutive years, and Forrester ranked BlackBerry top in the “security capabilities” category of its Enterprise file sharing and sync report.

BlackBerry said the new cyber security consulting services are aimed at enabling enterprise compliance with the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and mitigating security risks in connected cars that threaten safety.

The company said BlackBerry Cybersecurity Consulting will guide organisations through the process of understanding how to manage company data, how GDPR applies to the organisation, and how to achieve a competitive readiness posture.

“Having been engaged with the EU Justice Directorate-General since 2012, we understand the GDPR requirements and have developed expertise to help address the full range of GDPR implications for enterprises, from situational assessment to offering DPO [data protection officer] -as-a-service,” said Carl Wiese, global head of sales at BlackBerry.

“In addition to consulting services, we provide many necessary software solutions, making BlackBerry a one-stop shop for GDPR compliance,” he said.

Article 37 of the GDPR requires many organisations to have a dedicated DPO to oversee the company’s data protection strategy. The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) estimates that around 28,000 DPOs will be needed to address that requirement in the US and Europe.

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