BlackBerry Extends Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Service with BlackBerry Guard 2.0

BlackBerry Limited has announced updates to its BlackBerry Guard 2.0 solution, the managed detection and response (MDR) service, which will include artificial intelligence (AI)-powered mobile threat defense (MTD),  user behavior risk analytics, and network analytics technology. This enhanced feature set will protect enterprises and small businesses from the explosive growth of mobile phishing, malware attacks, attack propagation, and insider threats from authorized personnel or compromised credentials.

BlackBerry Guard 2.0 will be a subscription-based managed service that leverages BlackBerry security experts and the Cylance AI platform for continuous protection, detection, and response. The platform will now deliver a new customer and analyst portal, and multi-regional support, and will soon have data insights gathered from BlackBerry Protect Mobile, BlackBerry Gateway and BlackBerry Persona for broader protection and expanded visibility across an organization’s endpoint ecosystem.

“The exponential rise in cyberattacks continues to challenge organizations and security teams of all sizes, especially those that lack the ability to support 24x7x365 threat monitoring and hunting,” said Billy Ho, Executive Vice President of Product Engineering, BlackBerry. “With organizations increasingly moving to a remote or hybrid workforce, keeping employees safe and secure no matter where or how they work should be paramount. Having a comprehensive offering that can rapidly adapt to the changing threat landscape is critical. With this offering, our BlackBerry security analysts can be better prepared to defend our customers by correlating the enhanced telemetry across mobile, desktops, network, and user data.”

BlackBerry Guard 2.0 will provide critical cybersecurity services, to prevent, detect, and quickly respond to threats, including:

  • AI-Powered Endpoint Protection – Advanced machine learning uncovers malware, fileless, and user-based threats in the environment
  • 24x7x365 Monitoring – Constant eyes on glass including nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Continuous Threat Hunting – Sweeps for common attacker Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) to uncover subtle threats
  • Continuous Threat Intelligence Overlay – Provides a force multiplier by overlaying the latest threat intelligence onto environmental data
  • Automated Rapid Response – Quickly disrupt and contain cyberattacks and security compromises, then notify account holders for maximum transparency
  • Continuous Authentication – Cylance AI leverages passive biometrics and behavioral analytics to derive a real-time risk score to protect corporate resources
  • Mobile Threat Detection – delivers extended protection for an organizations’ fleet of mobile devices
  • Strengthens BlackBerry’s Zero Trust offering – Provides stronger access control with network layer authentication and granular network access controls and prevent users from accessing potentially malicious sites using IP reputation management

BlackBerry Guard is a core part of a world-class security organization of incident responders and prevention experts who hunt through customer environments to find and contain threats, prevent major breaches, and allow organizations to mature their security posture. As a testament to BlackBerry’s security expertise, BlackBerry recently achieved first-place standing in the SOC X World Championship and the OpenSOC competition, where BlackBerry competed against other Security Operations Center (SOC) and Incident Response (IR) teams from around the globe to prove their real-life response capabilities during authentic APT-simulated attacks.

BlackBerry Guard 2.0 is expected to be available by calendar year Q4.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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