BlackBerry And The China Military Supermicro Server Hack

I’m at the BlackBerry Security Summit this week and wouldn’t you know it, while I’m here Bloomberg blasted out a story indicating pretty much all the major companies that use Supermicroservers may have been hacked. BlackBerry is talking about the need for a different approach to security and mostly focusing on the spreading nightmare that IoT represents for security but, with this alleged hack, maybe we should be thinking about what...

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The FBI’s Accidental Argument for Using Blackberry Phones

This week there was another FBI scandal. This one was on how the FBI massively overinflated the numbers of phones they needed access to in order to “protect the nation.” For some time now, they’ve been arguing that they need to be able to have a “secret key” to breach the encryption on smartphones even though it would put the vast majority of high risk US citizens, like politicians and highly-placed executives, at extreme risk. This...

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Donald Trump Gives BlackBerry A Huge Boost, Again

John Chen, BlackBerry’s CEO, may have just become a much bigger fan of Donald Trump. You see when President Trump signed the executive order rolling back President Obama’s restrictions on ISP’s sharing of personal information he basically handed Blackberry, a Canadian firm, a huge advantage. You see BlackBerry differentiates in the market by securing, not sharing, customer data. In fact, they go to great lengths to ensure that this...

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BlackBerry Triples Down on Security

This is a big week for mobile announcements because of Mobile World Congress and BlackBerry didn’t disappoint. In the shadow of Apple’s FBI problems, BlackBerry isn’t just doubling down on security it is tripling down. BlackBerry announced three major events: it launched a new cybersecurity service, it increased its alliance to create secure health help to users, and it increased its relationship with Microsoft so that companies could...

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Four Disruptive Changes Most Tech Vendors Will Miss

Every decade has its mistakes, often huge ones, and virtually no IT vendor is free from them entirely. Often, even if a vendor eventually believes that there is a major trend, they can still completely miss what is driving it. Even stranger are the vendors that originate a trend but don’t seem to understand it, meaning that they fail to profit from the disruption they’ve created. I’ll start with some memorable examples of what...

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