BlackBerry Works with Trend Micro to Expand Protection for Customers Against Malware, Privacy Issues in Third-Party Applications

By Kevin Michaluk on 4 Feb 2013 12:17 pm EST

Dr. Mario! 

The onslaught of BlackBerry 10 news continue. Today BlackBerry has announced that it's working with Trend Micro to to fight against malware and address privacy issues with third party applications. 

For all the details, keep reading for the full press release below. 

Press Release

BlackBerry Works with Trend Micro to Expand Protection for Customers Against Malware, Privacy Issues in Third-Party Applications 

BlackBerry to Use Trend Micro's App Scanning Service to Further Analyze Apps Submitted to BlackBerry World 

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 4, 2013) - BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) today announced that it is working with Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cloud security, to expand the protection it already provides to BlackBerry customers against malware and privacy issues related to third-party applications.

As part of a multi-level and phased approach for addressing privacy implications and security concerns, BlackBerry will incorporate the Trend Micro Mobile Application Reputation Service with its current internal, proprietary system for analyzing applications. With the cloud-based Trend Micro Mobile Application Reputation Service, both current and new applications submitted to the BlackBerry World storefront will be scanned for potential malicious behavior.

"BlackBerry is working with Trend Micro to implement a more robust approach for addressing privacy and security concerns related to third-party applications," said Adrian Stone, Director, BlackBerry Security Response and Threat Analysis at BlackBerry. "By incorporating Trend Micro's advanced mobile scanning and detection capabilities with our own internal, proprietary application analyzing system, we can provide another layer of protection and assurance for BlackBerry customers. Together, BlackBerry and Trend Micro are developing an innovative and comprehensive solution for protecting BlackBerry customers against emerging mobile security concerns."

"The volume of malicious and high-risk mobile apps are on the rise across the industry, which is why we applaud BlackBerry's commitment to protecting their customers against these emerging mobile threats," said Kevin Simzer, Vice President of Corporate Development and Alliances, Trend Micro. "With the speed that cybercriminals are targeting new platforms and applications, Trend Micro and BlackBerry's strategic collaboration is natural and timely for the security of end users. Together, the two companies can further secure and enhance BlackBerry customers' mobile experience."

Trend Micro has scanned and evaluated over 2 million mobile applications. Mobile Application Reputation Service is Trend Micro's next generation cloud-based technology for mobile operating systems that analyzes application code and behavior to identify risks from malware and data leaks. It also detects the abuse of battery, memory, and data resources. This service leverages the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network infrastructure to provide meaningful mobile app reputation ratings. The Smart Protection Network is built upon unique "in-the-cloud," technologies that naturally fit with cloud-based security services like the Mobile Application Reputation Service. By checking URLs, emails, files, and applications against continuously updated and correlated threat databases, customers always have immediate access to the latest protection.

Reader comments

BlackBerry Works with Trend Micro to Expand Protection for Customers Against Malware, Privacy Issues in Third-Party Applications


Hello Kevin, can i get a free BB10 Z10 plssssssssssss.......March 27th is too far out.....thats two months away....Plus who won the Free Z10 for this week?

Don't start nailing the comments with stuff like this that's off topic to the post. You'll never ever ever win a free BB10 that way.

That said, first Z10 contest winner will be announced later today. Stay tuned. 

We sell and Use Trend Micro Mobile Security on Android devices. Sadly there is no consumer or enterprise level client for BlackBerry. I hope this changes in the future. Hopefully it would work with existing client packs as we often resell these in seats of 50-5000 (desktop, server, and mobile device).

I use Trend Micro on my PC's and it's great. This is good news for all Apps loaded through BB World. Wonder if they will make an on phone app to help those who like to sideload.

Good on BlackBerry for being forward thinking, considering the number of Android ports we have in BlackBerry World. They don't want to lose or compromise what separates them from the competition.

Ultimately good for all of us who want the apps that have yet to be made native, we don't have to worry about malicious viruses and the such.

this is much better than having to install a security app on the phone itself (re: Norton & Android)

Good idea! Anything that makes my device more secure. Especially when we're getting the disease - riddled android apps...


Melware on a BB10 device? You know Android and Apple users will drop their pre-orders when they see that the BB10 OS is prone to melware attacks, who wants a device that isn't safe?

That doesn't mean current blackberry Z10 and Q10 are unsecure/insecure. It's a layer behind the scenes in BlackBerry World to ensure submitted apps aren't "bad".

Well played, BlackBerry. Well played. Showing the rest of the mobile world why you are still a pioneer in smartphone security. :)