BLACKBERRY TURNS FOCUS TO IOT SECURITY

DENNIS FISHER | January 7, 2019

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In its short time on this earth, the Internet of Things has managed to accumulate a large number of nicknames, none of which is very flattering. Most of those epithets have something to do with IoT devices not being so secure. BlackBerry, the erstwhile mobile device maker, is hoping to change that state of affairs with a set of new software offerings to help IoT manufacturers build more secure software and hardware.The rush in recent years to make every device under the sun Internet-enabled has led to some unfortunate security outcomes for users and manufacturers. Many hardware makers that are producing IoT devices may not have mature internal software security processes, especially manufacturers that are mainly focused on building consumer-grade devices. Priority tends to be given to getting devices into the marketplace as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Hardening the software and hardware against attacks takes considerable time and money.

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