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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 09:09

BlackBerry adds security features for developers

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Alongside several other announcements, BlackBerry has today announced new software to assist the developers of secure systems and applications.

BlackBerry’s QNX OS for Safety 2.0 is aimed at developers of mission- and safety-critical systems, including automotive systems, rail transportation controls, healthcare machines and industrial automation systems.

Based on BlackBerry’s most advanced and secure embedded QNX SDP 7.0 operating system, its is certified to the highest achievable levels of ISO 26262 and IEC 61508.

BlackBerry Analytics can already reveal how many people are using a Dynamics app, and at what times of day. It now supports drilling down to the feature level, for example to see how often users select 'calendar view by day' or 'calendar view by week.' This can help organisations determine the ROI of a custom app, and indicate where user training or user experience changes are required.

"The data is anonymous," BlackBerry senior vice-president for product management Frank Cotter told iTWire, but the use of pseudo-random IDs makes it possible to see how usage patterns change over time even if if administrators can't tell whose activity they are looking at.

The Workspaces Android SDK allows developers to quickly build secure file sharing (256-bit encryption) into Android applications that offer 256-bit file encryption.

BlackBerry Dynamics for iOS provides greater security and control for Dynamics apps through new features including support for Face ID and a mechanism to block screen recording and sharing.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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