BlackBerry to expand cyber security distribution

BlackBerry to expand cyber security distribution [Image: HYWARDS via iStock]

BlackBerry is set to expand its channels of distribution through a new initiative and in partnership with Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG.

The Canadian company revealed that as part of the new agreement, Allied World will provide its cyber policy holders with direct access to BlackBerry's cyber security expertise. This will take place through an online self-assessment tool that will identify any areas of weakness that could potentially pose a threat to the holder’s security.

In a clear sign that BlackBerry is focused on further developing its software business, the firm explained that it will work to improve the policy holder's security position by offering its cyber security products and services, adding that this will ultimately help Allied World and its clients reduce risk.

Marty Beard, chief operating officer at BlackBerry said: "This agreement with Allied World will allow us to expand our channel reach and help policy holders be BlackBerry Secure. Allied World is a leader when it comes to providing innovative services to help its cyber policy holders manage their risk.”

The new BlackBerry SHIELD self-assessment tool is set to be made available in mid-May to cyber policy holders. Upon completion of the assessment, BlackBerry said it can provide clients with a range of services.

These include simulating a real-world attack by connecting devices to BlackBerry's test wireless network and carrying out unauthenticated attacks against the device to simulate it being stolen.

It will also be able to examine the mobile device from an authenticated perspective to determine if access to sensitive data is possible and attempt to subvert operating system controls, access data stored on the devices and compromise the client network.

Lou Iglesias, president of Allied World North America, said that BlackBerry's mobile cyber security review will provide “an important service” to the company’s clients.