BlackBerry to extend protection for smartphone users

BlackBerry to extend protection for smartphone users

BlackBerry has made yet another announcement that will make life for businesses using the firm's devices even easier.

The new announcement follows on the back of last month's new operating system, known as BB10, and its two new devices, the Z10 and Q10.

In the latest enhancements to its offerings, the Canadian firm, which recently changed its name from Research In Motion to BlackBerry, announced a partnership with Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cloud security.

BlackBerry is hoping that the partnership will help to increase the protection it already provides to business users against malware, privacy issues and third-party applications.

The firm is set to incorporate a multi-level and phased approach for addressing privacy implications and security issues, helped by Trend Micro's Mobile Application Reputation Service.

Thanks to the service, both current and new applications submitted to the BlackBerry World storefront will be scanned for potential malicious behaviour, which will reduce the risks to companies allowing their staff to use business applications to do their work on the move.

Adrian Stone, director, BlackBerry Security Response and Threat Analysis at BlackBerry, said: "BlackBerry is working with Trend Micro to implement a more robust approach for addressing privacy and security concerns related to third-party applications.

"By incorporating Trend Micro's advanced mobile scanning and detection capabilities with our own internal, proprietary application analysing system, we can provide another layer of protection and assurance for BlackBerry customers."

Kevin Simzer, vice president of Corporate Development and Alliances at Trend Micro noted that the volume of malicious attacks through mobile applications has been on the increase, making it more important than ever that the company protects business users.

"With the speed that cybercriminals are targeting new platforms and applications, Trend Micro and BlackBerry's strategic collaboration is natural and timely for the security of end users. Together, the two companies can further secure and enhance BlackBerry customers' mobile experience."

He applauded the commitment of BlackBerry to ensuring the safety of the apps it offers on its platform.