Blackberry to feature its all new Ransomware recovery feature
Blackberry limited has been in the industry for the past 34 years formerly known as Research In Motion. The first phone to ever be released by BlackBerry was on January 19, 1999. And this resulted in the company’s image as one of the best mobile vendors in the world.
In the last few years, the company has focused on what it did best before – developing security solutions for organizations and making Blackberry more industry-specific.
Before Blackberry tried to introduce its phone for the consumer market and compete with the likes of Apple, the company employed a similar strategy, which was largely successful. Blackberry phones were seen to be an indicator that one was in the corporate world. It spoke and had a charisma of its own. People might have liked to play with a Betway iOS app back then, but would have wanted to own a Blackberry nevertheless. Now, it has lost the plot.
Although Blackberry has lost its dominance due to platforms such as Android, the company still holds some significance.
Recently, the company made a technological move that is set to bring people back to using the BlackBerry smartphone. The company has launched a new cyber-attack recovery feature that will fight ransomware quick and easy.
The announcement was made on Monday at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. In a press release, BlackBerry called the feature a precise recovery tool with the ability to protect businesses against ransomware attack.
Ransomware was the most common type of malware in 2017. And to make it worse recovery of files and documents can be expensive and time-consuming. BlackBerry had decided to address this issue by introducing a new recovery feature to Workspace. Therefore the normal company rollback carried out to recover systems from an attack will only address the workspace.
So how does workspace work? The workspace tool will freeze or block the account of the affected user. The account administrator will then be allowed to check logs, pinpoint and isolate the affected workspaces, files and folders. The workspace will be reverted to the pre-attack version thus eliminating or quarantining any affected user.
According to Christine Gadsby, Blackberry's director of product security operations remarked that the Workspace tool is different. The recovery tool has no limit to how far back it will recover files and documents.
The new recovery tool is set to help businesses against data loss, opportunity risks and productivity loss. Ransomware attack can cause harm to any customer in any industry like public safety and health. Thus an organisation needs to have strong security to minimise the risk of an attack said the executive vice president of enterprise products, Billy Ho.
BlackBerry Workspaces Collaborate and Security Plus versions will feature the new recovery tool at no additional cost. The feature will be demonstrated at the Blackberry Security Summit in London and New York this year.
On August 22, a webinar will feature a step by step demonstration of how the new BlackBerry feature will work.