Introducing WatchDox, CHACE and Certicom Service for Securing IoT Connected Devices.
Last week at the RSA Conference – one of the world’s top security conferences – in San Francisco, BlackBerry made a number of exciting announcements and participated in a panel session and meetings with customers, partners, media and analysts.
To give you a recap of the news, a definitive agreement to acquire WatchDox, a leading data security company that provides the most secure content collaboration and enterprise file-sync-and-share (EFSS) solutions was announced on Tuesday along with the unveiling of the new BlackBerry Center for High Assurance Computing Excellence (CHACE). CHACE is aimed at reversing fail-then-patch models and broadening BlackBerry’s R&D efforts within the company to drive worldwide innovation and improvement in computer security. BlackBerry also announced its subsidiary Certicom’s new managed public key infrastructure (PKI) certificate service for sensor networks and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
On Tuesday, BlackBerry’s Chief Security Officer Dave Kleidermacher hosted a media and analyst roundtable. The agenda included a discussion of the WatchDox acquisition with Moti Rafalin, CEO and founder of WatchDox, Billy Ho, EVP of Enterprise Products and Value Added Services at BlackBerry, and Jeff Holleran, VP of Corporate Strategy at BlackBerry. Dave unveiled the CHACE initiative and provided insight into the Certicom managed PKI service, while fielding questions from guests about BlackBerry’s security leadership and capabilities. Media and analysts were positive about the news, noting that it demonstrated BlackBerry’s commitment to stretch its lead in mobile security.
Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, CEO of Secusmart GmbH (a BlackBerry company) participated in an RSA panel session Tuesday afternoon titled: “Trust in Mobile Enterprise – Have We Lost the Game?”which discussed the different essentials of mobile security and their interaction in the enterprise.
Throughout the week, BlackBerry’s security and sales teams met with customers and partners, demoed our newest solutions for secure mobility, and engaged with press and industry analysts to continue the conversation about our security leadership in the enterprise. Both BlackBerry and Secusmart, a BlackBerry company, had booths at the event.
According to colleagues on the show floor, attendance was fantastic this year and people were very interested in the WatchDox acquisition news. A number of existing WatchDox customers stopped by the BlackBerry booth and customers in general were very interested in how it fits in with our enterprise strategy. There was a lot of interest in BES12, BlackBerry’s multi-OS EMM solution as well. Customers were impressed with the number of mobile platforms BES12 can manage from the single console and customers even requested follow-up demoes from the sales team. The BlackBerry Passport was also well received. Attendees were impressed by the Passport’s large screen and long battery life. Many referred to it as the “perfect productivity device.” Our BlackBerry booth staff also noticed that a number of conference attendees were carrying the BlackBerry Passport as their primary device.
Overall, there is was a clear understanding amongst show attendees that BlackBerry still remains the gold standard for mobile security. Customers understand our refocus on the enterprise and government markets and believe it’s the right move for the company.
Did you attend the RSA Conference? What was your favorite moment at the show?