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Monday, 14 October 2019 16:16

BlackBerry consulting and products spreading in Australia

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"We do the full gamut [of security]," BlackBerry ANZ managing director David Nicol told iTWire, with a deep specialisation in certain areas.

On the consulting side, BlackBerry's skills in areas such as secure software development and secure engineering are being brought to bear by customers in various industries including mining, healthcare and air transport.

Part of the problem is that organisations tend to focus mainly on the user experience, with security as an afterthought. It is important to consider security issues early in the project, he said.

While the Australian operations of BlackBerry and Cylance are still separate entities despite the February 2019 acquisition, work is underway to bring the teams together and "we're starting to see real examples of integration of these products," he said, foreshadowing announcements about the integration by the end of the year.

BlackBerry's AtHoc crisis communications business is becoming more widely used as organisation aim to integrate their cyber and physical security teams, Nicol said, pointing to a growing understanding that either can affect the other.

It is important that an organisation's people – employees, students, contractors and so on – can trust the channel and the message in times of crisis, and that is what AtHoc is said to allow.

The Sydney leg of the BlackBerry World Tour 2019 is scheduled for 21 November at Pier One Sydney Harbour. Registrations are now open.

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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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