BlackBerry launches Cybersecurity Consulting services
Canadian technology giant BlackBerry has announced the launch of its new general data protection regulation (GDPR) and automotive Cybersecurity Consulting services, aimed at mitigating public security risks.
GDPR will be introduced by the European Union in May 2018, demanding major changes to the ways organisations utilise and store personally identifiable information (PII). Within the launch of its new cybersecurity services, BlackBerry will provide businesses with guidance through the transitional process.
"Having been engaged with the EU Justice Directorate-General since 2012, we understand the GDPR requirements and have developed expertise to help address the full range of GDPR implications for enterprises, from situational assessment to offering Data Protection Officer (DPO)-as-a-service," said Carl Wiese, Global Head of Sales, BlackBerry.
Further, in line with BlackBerry’s recent inroads into the automotive vehicle market having partnered with Delphi on the development of automated software last month, BlackBerry is offering a new service that will look to eliminate security threats posed to autonomous and connected vehicles.
BlackBerry estimates that with there already being 112mn connected vehicles around the world, the global market for automotive cybersecurity will grow to $759mn by 2023.
"When it comes to connected cars, there is no safety without security," Weise continued.
"BlackBerry's cybersecurity consulting practice builds on decades of experience in information security, data protection and cyber-resilience to support our clients in protecting their most valuable assets. As hacking evolves and new threats arise, our new cybersecurity consulting services will help play a critical role in the development of secure connected and autonomous vehicles."
BlackBerry will work with Spring Cloud, a prominent supplier of AI driving platforms in South Korea, becoming the first partner on its new cybersecurity consulting service initiative.
China announces 6-month campaign to clean up apps
A 6-month campaign has been announced by China’s industry minister, to clean up what it says are serious problems with internet apps violating consumer rights, cybersecurity and “disturbing market order.”
In an online notice the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said that, among other things, companies must fix pop-ups on apps that deceive and mislead users or force them to use services they might not want.
The order is all part of a wider effort to crack down on tech industries and police use of personal information. Authorities have recently ordered fines and other penalties for some of China’s biggest tech companies.
Earlier this month, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) ordered online stores not to offer Didi's app, saying it illegally collected users' personal data. The company’s shares have now fallen by more than 40% since making its New York Stock Exchange debut on 30 June.
The latest campaign in the tech crackdown
The ministry launched this latest campaign with a teleconference call on Friday and issued its 15th list of dozens of apps it has said require fixing on Sunday.
There are 22 specific scenarios it has said require ‘rectification’, among which the ministry mentioned pop-up windows as a specific problem, especially when all the screen of a pop-up window is a jump link with a false close button.
Other various problems it highlighted were threats to data security due to a failure to encrypt sensitive information while it is being transmitted, and failure to obtain users' consent before providing data to other parties; and malicious blocking of website links and interference with other companies products or services.
It also took aim at illegal broadband networks, which it called “black broadband" that failed to conform to website filing procedures or might be subletting or using illegal access to networks.
Regulators have been stepping up enforcement of data security, financial and other rules against scores of tech companies that dominate entertainment, retail, and other industries.