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BlackBerry and Bell partner on Enhanced Mobile Threat Defense for Enterprise customers

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BlackBerry and Bell announced today a new partnership that will see BlackBerry become Bell's Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) partner. Utilizing BlackBerry Protect, Bell will be able to use artificial intelligence to block malware infections, prevent URL phishing attacks, and provide application integrity checking for their Enterprise customers.

"We could not be more delighted to partner with Bell, BlackBerry's preferred telecom partner for BlackBerry Protect in Canada and one of the country's most innovative companies," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "Together, we will bring the next level of excellence in endpoint security to Canadian enterprise customers across the country."

"As organizations of all kinds enable remote work solutions for their teams during COVID-19, it is more important than ever to remain vigilant about security, including network and mobile device management," said Mirko Bibic, President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada. "Bell is proud to be working with mobile security leader BlackBerry to expand the scale of our solutions for the country's largest organizations."

Over the years, BlackBerry Protect has grown into a much larger asset for BlackBerry and is now a full-fledged Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) solution that works alongside other services offered by BlackBerry including BlackBerry UEM and BlackBerry Dynamics. If you're looking to learn more about BlackBerry Protect, check out the full BlackBerry Protect site here.

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BlackBerry and Bell to Deliver Enhanced Mobile Threat Defense to Enterprise Customers

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) and Bell (TSX, NYSE: BCE) today announced a new partnership to provide enhanced secure communications to business and government customers, strengthening their longstanding relationship to deliver leading-edge mobile security solutions to Canadian consumers and business customers.

BlackBerry becomes Bell's preferred Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) partner, enabling Canada's largest communications company to offer its enterprise customers access to BlackBerry Protect, the MTD solution that uses the power of artificial intelligence to block malware infections, prevent URL phishing attacks and provide application integrity checking.

"We could not be more delighted to partner with Bell, BlackBerry's preferred telecom partner for BlackBerry Protect in Canada and one of the country's most innovative companies," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "Together, we will bring the next level of excellence in endpoint security to Canadian enterprise customers across the country."

"As organizations of all kinds enable remote work solutions for their teams during COVID-19, it is more important than ever to remain vigilant about security, including network and mobile device management," said Mirko Bibic, President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada. "Bell is proud to be working with mobile security leader BlackBerry to expand the scale of our solutions for the country's largest organizations."

To learn more about BlackBerry Mobile Threat Defense, please visit BlackBerry.com/MTD.

About Bell

Canada's largest communications company with more than 22 million consumer and business connections, Bell provides advanced broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services throughout the country. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca or BCE.ca.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry AtHoc usage expanded within U.S. Government Agencies

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BlackBerry AtHoc usage within U.S. Government Agencies continues to grow and today BlackBerry has announced, to date, they have received 12 Authority to Operate (ATO) certifications from Federal agencies. The latest, coming from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

"From mandatory remote working, natural disasters and cloud outages, to civil unrest and cyber-attacks, there are no shortages of incidents that continue to challenge the way organizations and departments maintain operations and keep people safe," said David Wiseman, Vice President of Secure Communications at BlackBerry. "BlackBerry AtHoc can be deployed quickly to enable the most secure real-time information exchange across organizations, their people and devices, providing them with the necessary details to make informed and safety-critical decisions. It's a privilege to support all our federal customers during an unprecedented time in our nation's history."

Other agencies include the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Treasury, and Department of Veterans Affairs.

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BlackBerry AtHoc Expands Leadership Position in Crisis Communications with U.S. Federal Government; Includes the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

SAN RAMON, Calif., June 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced that its FedRAMP-authorized BlackBerry AtHoc crisis communication system continues to expand on its leading position within the U.S. Federal Government with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) using BlackBerry AtHoc for secure crisis response.

The BlackBerry AtHoc FedRAMP solution set continues to expand its use as the standard and most secure emergency mass notification system across the U.S. Federal Government. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is a new customer. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has joined the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) AtHoc FedRAMP Cloud solution, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has achieved their Department Authority to Operate (ATO) for BlackBerry AtHoc.

"From mandatory remote working, natural disasters and cloud outages, to civil unrest and cyber-attacks, there are no shortages of incidents that continue to challenge the way organizations and departments maintain operations and keep people safe," said David Wiseman, Vice President of Secure Communications at BlackBerry. "BlackBerry AtHoc can be deployed quickly to enable the most secure real-time information exchange across organizations, their people and devices, providing them with the necessary details to make informed and safety-critical decisions. It's a privilege to support all our federal customers during an unprecedented time in our nation's history."

BlackBerry AtHoc is trusted by government, military, commercial and humanitarian organizations around the world including over 70% of U.S. Federal Government employees. To date, BlackBerry AtHoc has received 12 ATOs from Federal agencies including the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Treasury, and Department of Veterans Affairs.

To learn more about how BlackBerry AtHoc software helps organizations communicate and collaborate in times of crisis, please visit: https://www.blackberry.com/us/en/products/blackberry-athoc and follow @AtHoc.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry expands commitment to U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

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As part of its expanding commitment to the United Nations Global Compact Sustainable Development Goals, BlackBerry today announced several initiatives they are participating in including, investing in clean water access, being carbon neutral by 2021, and more.

  • Be carbon neutral by 2021. Climate change, primarily driven by carbon emissions, is limiting the availability and quality of water and is expected to have significant further impact. Since 2013 BlackBerry has reduced its carbon emissions by 88%.
  • Invest in wastewater treatment technology in Canada that eliminates the environmental impacts of discharging raw wastewater into watercourses and the sea and consumes less energy than traditional systems.
  • Invest in the rehabilitation and maintenance of water wells in Rwanda, where the population is currently fetching water from sources that expose them to bacteria. The economic benefits of improved water supply in the area will enable Rwanda's Smart Cities Blueprint, a framework aimed to accelerate the adoption of ICT-driven initiatives in cities across Africa.
  • Eliminate the use of single-use plastics globally by 2021, ahead of the Government of Canada's plan. The initiative will help tackle microplastics pollution, as well as ease the burden on oceans and streams where plastic waste ends up and harms marine life.

"BlackBerry's purpose and responsibility to our stakeholders include taking meaningful action to ensure our business practices and our platform enable a more sustainable and equitable world," said Neelam Sandhu, Vice President of Business Operations and Strategic Accounts, Office of the CEO at BlackBerry. "We are pleased to expand our commitment to the UNGC SDGs, by investing in initiatives that enable access to clean water and the opportunities and benefits that are tied to that, for Canadian citizens and the global community we are all a part of."

The announcement was celebrated by The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation Science and Industry who noted:

Now more than ever, it is vital that Canadian industries develop innovative solutions to the challenges we face. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate BlackBerry on their plan to become carbon neutral by 2021. When Canadian companies invest in clean technology projects, like BlackBerry is doing in the water sector, it not only helps to protect the environment and grow our economy, it also improves access to some of our most basic needs. Clean technology and renewable energy projects are key to helping Canada achieve our goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

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BlackBerry Expands Commitment to the United Nations Global Compact Sustainable Development Goals

BlackBerry invests in clean water access initiatives as part of its SDG's action plan

WATERLOO, ON, June 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced it has expanded its commitment to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of its commitment BlackBerry is investing in initiatives that enable access to clean water for the global communities the company serves.

Billions of people around the world lack access to clean water, sanitation and handwashing facilities today, with communities of color, lower-income people, tribal communities and developing countries most impacted. Safe water sanitation is a vital enabler of access to education, in particular for girls, and a strategy for economic growth and reducing poverty. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a further spotlight on the criticality of access to clean water, with handwashing being one of the key means to adequately prevent and contain disease.

BlackBerry today announced it will:

  • Be carbon neutral by 2021. Climate change, primarily driven by carbon emissions, is limiting the availability and quality of water and is expected to have significant further impact. Since 2013 BlackBerry has reduced its carbon emissions by 88%.
  • Invest in wastewater treatment technology in Canada that eliminates the environmental impacts of discharging raw wastewater into watercourses and the sea and consumes less energy than traditional systems.
  • Invest in the rehabilitation and maintenance of water wells in Rwanda, where the population is currently fetching water from sources that expose them to bacteria. The economic benefits of improved water supply in the area will enable Rwanda's Smart Cities Blueprint, a framework aimed to accelerate the adoption of ICT-driven initiatives in cities across Africa.
  • Eliminate the use of single-use plastics globally by 2021, ahead of the Government of Canada's plan. The initiative will help tackle microplastics pollution, as well as ease the burden on oceans and streams where plastic waste ends up and harms marine life.

"BlackBerry's purpose and responsibility to our stakeholders include taking meaningful action to ensure our business practices and our platform enable a more sustainable and equitable world," said Neelam Sandhu, Vice President of Business Operations and Strategic Accounts, Office of the CEO at BlackBerry. "We are pleased to expand our commitment to the UNGC SDGs, by investing in initiatives that enable access to clean water and the opportunities and benefits that are tied to that, for Canadian citizens and the global community we are all a part of."

"Now more than ever, it is vital that Canadian industries develop innovative solutions to the challenges we face. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate BlackBerry on their plan to become carbon neutral by 2021," said The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation Science and Industry. "When Canadian companies invest in clean technology projects, like BlackBerry is doing in the water sector, it not only helps to protect the environment and grow our economy, it also improves access to some of our most basic needs. Clean technology and renewable energy projects are key to helping Canada achieve our goal of net-zero emissions by 2050."

"The Sustainable Development Goals provide businesses with guidance to translate the world's needs and ambitions into business solutions. It is not possible to have a strong, functioning business in a world of increasing inequality, poverty, and climate change," said Ayman Chowdhury, Head of Secretariat at United Nations Global Compact Network Canada. "In this Decade of Action for the SDGs, the spotlight will be on companies who champion sustainability and are mobilizing their resources to be a force for good. BlackBerry's SDGs Action Plan clearly demonstrates their forward-thinking leadership for sustainable growth."

To learn more about BlackBerry's commitment to the UNGC SDGs visit www.BlackBerry.com/SDGs.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry to announce Q1 Fiscal Year 2021 results on June 24, 2020

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After their Annual Meeting, which takes place on June 23, 2020, BlackBerry is all set to announce its Q1 Fiscal Year 2021 results. The conference call will kick off at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

The conference call can be accessed by dialing +1-877-682-6267 or live-streamed on the company's website at BlackBerry.com/Investors.

A replay of the conference call will be available at approximately 8 p.m. ET on June 24, 2020, by dialing +1-800-585-8367 and entering Conference ID #5177627. It will also be available at the link above.

At the end of their 2020 results, BlackBerry reported total company GAAP revenue of $282 million as well as a total GAAP Software and Services revenue of $278 million with $32 million in free cash flow generated. No doubt investors will be looking for continued improvements.

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BlackBerry to Announce First Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Results on June 24, 2020

WATERLOO, ON, June 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) will report results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The conference call can be accessed by dialing +1-877-682-6267 or live streamed on the company's website at BlackBerry.com/Investors.

A replay of the conference call will be available at approximately 8 p.m. ET on June 24, 2020, by dialing +1-800-585-8367 and entering Conference ID #5177627. It will also be available at the link above.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry to hold virtual Annual Meeting on June 23, 2020

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Like most organizations dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 BlackBerry has had to move its events to virtual platforms and today they announced the Annual Meeting of Shareholders would be held virtually on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 1 PM ET. Those interested in tuning in will be able to do sit by visiting this link. A replay will also be available via the BlackBerry website.

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BlackBerry to Hold Virtual Annual Meeting on June 23, 2020

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) will hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders virtually, on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 1pm ET. The live audio webcast can be accessed at https://web.lumiagm.com/254044781.

A replay of the meeting will be available at https://www.blackberry.com/us/en/company/investors.

For more information visit BlackBerry.com/Investors.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry Hub+ app updates bring crash fixes and improvements

BlackBerry KEY2 showing app updates with the Google Play Store

After sitting in beta for a while, the latest BlackBerry Hub+ app updates have now arrived on the Google Play Store. Inbox, Hub+ Services, Notes, Contacts, Tasks, and Calendar all have improvements and bug fixes within, but there are a few standout changes as well.

BlackBerry Hub+ Inbox

  • Setting to configure if read/unread state is synced back to the server on Delegated/Shared accounts

BlackBerry Hub+ Notes

  • Enhancements to folder support in Notes and Tasks

BlackBerry Hub+ Contacts

  • Support for Exchange Personal Distribution Lists (Contact Groups)

These updates also bring removal the of support for Android Lollipop/5.x, while also addressing crashes that were happening on Android 6.X devices. If you held out on updating due to the issues raised in the CrackBerry Forums shortly after release, those do appear to be fixed now.

Thanks, Rodney!

BlackBerry partners with Dedrone to deliver counter-drone technology

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Adding to their list of partners, BlackBerry today announced they have teamed up with Dedrone as part of an embedded technology partnership that will see Dedrone making use of BlackBerry AtHoc's advanced alerting capabilities alongside their drone detection technology.

"When an unauthorized drone enters restricted airspace, time is of the essence. The more effectively the on-site personnel can respond, the better their chances of countering whatever the drone is there to do. BlackBerry AtHoc's advanced alerting capabilities combined with Dedrone's drone detection technology, enable our customers to react precisely and in time to control the situation," said Aaditya Devarakonda, President and Chief Business Officer, Dedrone.

The technology will tap into the BlackBerry AtHoc API to deliver "automated, highly targeted alerts based on a range of criteria, including flight zones, drone behavior, and user groups" to Dedrone customers, which include the U.S. military, correctional facilities, airports, utilities and more.

"New advanced technologies have the potential to solve some of today's most pressing challenges, however, they also introduce new security risks," said Christoph Erdmann, Senior Vice President of Secure Communications, BlackBerry. "Drones are one of the many IoT endpoints that add to the growing chaos that security leaders must navigate. We're excited to partner with Dedrone to offer a critical solution that organizations around the world can use to keep citizens and the public safe."

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Dedrone and BlackBerry Partner to Counter Unauthorized Drone Activity

WATERLOO, Ontario and SAN FRANCISCO, June 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced it has partnered with Dedrone, a market and technology leader in airspace security, to deliver advanced counter-drone technology to secure the world's most critical sites. As part of this embedded technology partnership, Dedrone, is integrating BlackBerry AtHoc software into its products to enable real-time secure alerts when a malicious or unauthorized drone is detected in an airspace.

"When an unauthorized drone enters restricted airspace, time is of the essence. The more effectively the on-site personnel can respond, the better their chances of countering whatever the drone is there to do. BlackBerry AtHoc's advanced alerting capabilities combined with Dedrone's drone detection technology, enable our customers to react precisely and in time to control the situation," said Aaditya Devarakonda, President and Chief Business Officer, Dedrone.

The Dedrone technology portfolio combines machine-learning software with best-in-class hardware sensors, electronic attack methods like smart jamming, and defeat weapons to provide early warning, classification of, and mitigation against drone threats. Dedrone's capabilities are used by hundreds of customers globally, including the U.S. military, allied and coalition forces, correctional facilities, airports, utilities, as well as other public and private organizations.

Working with the BlackBerry AtHoc API, Dedrone has integrated directly to BlackBerry AtHoc's extensive and granular alerting functionality. This allows the creation of automated, highly targeted alerts based on a range of criteria, including flight zones, drone behavior, and user groups – for a more efficient, focused response to the presence of an unauthorized drone.

"New advanced technologies have the potential to solve some of today's most pressing challenges, however, they also introduce new security risks," said Christoph Erdmann, Senior Vice President of Secure Communications, BlackBerry. "Drones are one of the many IoT endpoints that add to the growing chaos that security leaders must navigate. We're excited to partner with Dedrone to offer a critical solution that organizations around the world can use to keep citizens and the public safe."

BlackBerry is a global leader in secure communications and our BlackBerry AtHoc software is used by key organizations around the world including 70% of the US Federal government. To learn more about how BlackBerry intelligent security solutions are enabling a securely connected future everywhere, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry appoints Thomas Eacobacci as President

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Adding to their Executive Team, BlackBerry today announced the appointment of Thomas Eacobacci as President. As part of the role, Eacobacci will be responsible for BlackBerry's sales, field marketing, engineering, and customer support for BlackBerry Spark and BlackBerry IoT Solutions.

"I am pleased to welcome Tom to BlackBerry to lead the BlackBerry Spark and IoT Solutions Groups," said Mr. Chen. "Tom is a key addition to the Company. His deep experience in enterprise software and security, and long track record in executing go-to-market initiatives will be instrumental in expanding our addressable market and growing market share."

"I am very excited to join BlackBerry and lead the next phase of its market expansion," said Eacobacci. "BlackBerry's technology and vision for the industry are impressive. BlackBerry is an iconic company with incredible employees, partners, and customers. I am eager to work with John to deliver on this opportunity."

Officially, Eacobacci will join BlackBerry on June 15 and report directly to John Chen, Executive Chairman, and CEO. Prior to joining BlackBerry, Eacobacci was Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Americas at Citrix and before that, spent seven years with Accenture managing and designing application systems and processes.

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BlackBerry Names Thomas Eacobacci as President

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB) (TSX:BB) today announced the appointment of Thomas Eacobacci as President. Eacobacci will be responsible for driving BlackBerry's sales, field marketing, engineering, and customer support for BlackBerry Spark and BlackBerry IoT Solutions. BlackBerry Advanced Technology Labs, licensing, and corporate functions will continue to report to John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO.

BlackBerry is poised to be the leader in the enterprise IoT software market. BlackBerry's software solutions now set the standard for how connected endpoints are built, secured, managed and communicate. Its technical leadership for these solutions is widely recognized, and its reputation for security and privacy is undisputed. With its strategy and technology in place, the company is now focused on revenue growth and market share expansion in this highly attractive market.

Eacobacci brings to BlackBerry 20 years of customer-facing and go-to-market leadership expertise from his successful career with Citrix, where most recently he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Americas. Throughout his tenure with Citrix, Eacobacci has held global leadership roles across sales, services, customer success, and sales operations. Prior to joining Citrix, he spent seven years with Accenture managing and designing application systems and processes for various large international clients.

Eacobacci will join BlackBerry on June 15 and report to Mr. Chen.

"I am pleased to welcome Tom to BlackBerry to lead the BlackBerry Spark and IoT Solutions Groups," said Mr. Chen. "Tom is a key addition to the Company. His deep experience in enterprise software and security, and long track record in executing go-to-market initiatives will be instrumental in expanding our addressable market and growing market share."

"I am very excited to join BlackBerry and lead the next phase of its market expansion," said Eacobacci. "BlackBerry's technology and vision for the industry are impressive. BlackBerry is an iconic company with incredible employees, partners, and customers. I am eager to work with John to deliver on this opportunity."

To learn more about Eacobacci and his experience, please visit www.blackberry.com/leadership.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

How to fix BlackBerry World 'No Network Connection' errors on BlackBerry 10

Blackberry World No Connection Error Message

Following the announcement of the latest BlackBerry World update, several BlackBerry 10 users have been unable to successfully get the update downloaded due to running into "No network connection" errors. Luckily, there are several ways to get around the error and get your BlackBerry World working correctly, including an official guide from BlackBerry and a more straightforward guide from the CrackBerry Community and a video guide from TechOdyssey.

BlackBerry 10 users: Update your BlackBerry World app!

Blackberry World Update

As a bit of a surprise to BlackBerry 10 users in the CrackBerry forums, BlackBerry recently started rolling out a brand new BlackBerry World update seemingly out of nowhere. As it turns out, though, the update is pretty essential to get downloaded and installed if you wish to continue using BlackBerry World after May 30, 2020, as BlackBerry highlighted on Twitter.

BlackBerry launches BlackBerry Spark Suites

Expanding on their BlackBerry Spark offerings, BlackBerry today announced the availability of BlackBerry Spark Suites to help enterprise customers manage their security and endpoint needs.

"2020 is a pivotal year for organizations trying to maintain business continuity, while undergoing digital transformation and workplace upheaval. With the increased volume and variety of enterprise IoT endpoints and as the scale of cyber threats continues to grow, BlackBerry Spark Suites provide a consolidated, simplified endpoint security and management offering to reduce cost and complexity in a chaotic environment," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "We are excited to deliver the proven performance of BlackBerry's AI-powered, zero-trust platform to customers worldwide."

Arriving as four bundles, BlackBerry Spark UEM Express Suite, BlackBerry Spark UEM Suite, BlackBerry Spark UES Suite and BlackBerry Spark Suite, BlackBerry noted BPAY Group has deployed BlackBerry Spark UES Suite.

"As a leading payments provider, BPAY Group must ensure complete trust in our operations, service delivery and especially, our data integrity," said Angela Donohoe, CIO of BPAY Group. "BlackBerry's AI and ML engine, with its proven ability to prevent, detect and respond to sophisticated threats, was a major consideration in our decision to deploy the BlackBerry Spark UES Suite."

If you're looking to learn more about BlackBerry Spark Suites, you can check out the Inside BlackBerry Blog post here, which covers the capabilities of each suite.

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BlackBerry Spark Suites Launch to Provide Companies Intelligent Security, Everywhere

WATERLOO, Ontario, May 19, 2020 /CNW/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced availability of BlackBerry Spark Suites, offering enterprises a range of tailored cybersecurity and endpoint management options to help protect data, minimize risk, and reduce cost and complexity.

BlackBerry Spark Suites combine the best endpoint security and management capabilities. The suites are powered by artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and automation for improved cyber threat prevention and remediation from BlackBerry Cylance, plus seamless endpoint management, user authentication, and application and data encryption from BlackBerry UEM. The new suites improve user productivity and layered security defenses, while simplifying purchasing decisions for enterprise customers who are undergoing digital transformation and shift to remote work.

"2020 is a pivotal year for organizations trying to maintain business continuity, while undergoing digital transformation and workplace upheaval. With the increased volume and variety of enterprise IoT endpoints and as the scale of cyber threats continues to grow, BlackBerry Spark Suites provide a consolidated, simplified endpoint security and management offering to reduce cost and complexity in a chaotic environment," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "We are excited to deliver the proven performance of BlackBerry's AI-powered, zero-trust platform to customers worldwide."

The company also announced that payments leader BPAY Group has deployed BlackBerry Spark UES Suite - one of the four new BlackBerry Spark bundles – to help protect and prevent cyberattacks on its endpoints.

"As a leading payments provider, BPAY Group must ensure complete trust in our operations, service delivery and especially, our data integrity," said Angela Donohoe, CIO of BPAY Group. "BlackBerry's AI and ML engine, with its proven ability to prevent, detect and respond to sophisticated threats, was a major consideration in our decision to deploy the BlackBerry Spark UES Suite."

BlackBerry's unified offering is in-line with the convergence of mobile threat detection (MTD), endpoint detection and response (EDR) and endpoint protection platform (EPP) tools. Gartner has dubbed this combined infrastructure stack "unified endpoint security." Organizations should invest with this convergence in mind.1

"I expect a unified endpoint security solution like BlackBerry Spark Suites to become the dominant endpoint security model within the next 2-3 years," said Jack Gold, president and principal analyst, J. Gold Associates. "Enterprises should be planning now to move towards this unified endpoint security model for increased security, better TCO, and improved user experience."

BlackBerry Spark Suites are available now. The four suites that make up BlackBerry Spark Suites are BlackBerry Spark UEM Express Suite, BlackBerry Spark UEM Suite, BlackBerry Spark UES Suite and BlackBerry Spark Suite.

To learn more about BlackBerry Spark Suites, please visit https://blogs.blackberry.com/en/2020/05/blackberry-spark-suites-bringing-order-to-the-chaos and https://www.blackberry.com/us/en/products/blackberry-spark-suites.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite gains FedRAMP Authorization

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Back in June of last year, BlackBerry announced its Government Mobility Suite had reached FedRAMP ready status and today, BlackBerry announced, after passing the stringent requirements, the Government Mobility Suite has achieved FedRAMP authorization.

"BlackBerry is extremely proud to offer our Federal customers the BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite FedRAMP-authorized cloud service. A FedRAMP authorization provides Federal agencies and contractors the peace of mind that a cloud solution can be trusted to meet the stringent cybersecurity capabilities and processes required to handle federal data," said Rear Admiral Bob Day, U.S. Coast Guard (ret), President of BlackBerry Government Solutions. "This means employees can work efficiently, as well as communicate and collaborate securely, to conduct the business of the U.S. government from anywhere and on any device."

To go along with the announcement, BlackBerry has also posted a new blog post outlining the key benefits of BlackBerry the Government Mobility Suite. If you're looking for more information, be sure to give it a look right here!

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BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite Achieves FedRAMP Authorization

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2020 /CNW/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced that its BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorization. BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite, a cloud-based endpoint management solution developed specifically for U.S. government agencies, protects sensitive data, whether stored or in transit, and allows secure browsing and access to applications behind government agency firewalls.

"BlackBerry is extremely proud to offer our Federal customers the BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite FedRAMP-authorized cloud service. A FedRAMP authorization provides Federal agencies and contractors the peace of mind that a cloud solution can be trusted to meet the stringent cybersecurity capabilities and processes required to handle federal data," said Rear Admiral Bob Day, U.S. Coast Guard (ret), President of BlackBerry Government Solutions. "This means employees can work efficiently, as well as communicate and collaborate securely, to conduct the business of the U.S. government from anywhere and on any device."

BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite eliminates the need for Federal agencies to own, operate, and constantly recapitalize on on-premises equipment. Additionally, the BlackBerry Government Solutions U.S.-based and U.S. citizen-staffed Security Operations and Compliance teams will manage the FedRAMP continuous monitoring and remediation program, reducing the amount of time that Agencies spend to ensure their mobility program meets Federal cybersecurity requirements. The FedRAMP-authorized endpoint management cloud solution is now listed on FedRAMP's Marketplace.

BlackBerry's portfolio of FedRAMP-authorized cloud products also includes BlackBerry AtHoc crisis communication and BlackBerry Protect AI-based endpoint security solutions. To date, BlackBerry has received 14 Authorities to Operate (ATOs) from Federal agencies including Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, National Science Foundation and Office of Personnel Management.

To learn more about BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite and the company's work to secure government agencies around the world, please visit https://blogs.blackberry.com/en/2020/05/fedramp-a-game-changer-for-cloud-computing and https://www.blackberry.com/us/en/solutions/fedramp.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

The University of Windsor and BlackBerry partner on cybersecurity curriculum

University of Windsor Logo

The University of Windsor and BlackBerry have now announced they have partnered to create a new cybersecurity curriculum called BlackBerry Bootcamp, which will be delivered over 10 weeks as part of the University's Graduate Master's Program in Applied Computing.

BlackBerry Hub+ beta community to close next week

BlackBerry KEY2 beta updates

Update - BlackBerry reached out to clarify that this notice only pertains to the BlackBerry Hub+ beta programs and will not impact any of their other BlackBerry Beta Programs such as those for Enterprise. Those will cotinue to be maintained through Codecenter.

Back in July 2018, BlackBerry moved away from their BlackBerry Beta Zone and launched a new beta program with the folks at Centercode. Now, a new email being sent out to members of that community states the time there is coming to an end as well.

Howdy!

We're writing today to share that we will be closing this beta community next week. We would like to thank everyone who spent time with us here over the last 2 years -- your feedback made a big difference in our releases and helped to shape the quality and features of our current suite.

The BlackBerry apps featured in this beta program will continue to have beta releases in Google Play! You can choose to Join or Leave beta testing for individual apps by clicking the appropriate link on an app's page in the Google Play app. We'll continue to receive and monitor all feedback submitted through the Private feedback to developer section in the Google Play app (on each app's page). You can also send feedback to our published support address, bbappsupport@blackberry.com.

Thank you again for joining us in this community! We'll continue to see you online on our social media channels and other forums.

Cheers,

BlackBerry Beta Team

Naturally, it's disappointing to see the BlackBerry Hub+ Centercode beta communuty being shut down but as noted in the email, beta releases will still continue and feedback will be collected through the Google Play Store. Alternatively, you can also share any issues or feedback in the CrackBerry Forums. Larger issues tend to find their way to BlackBerry and fixes get released if enough people are vocal.

Discuss more in the CrackBerry Forums

BlackBerry adds new channel partners for BlackBerry Radar

BlackBerry Radar

BlackBerry today announced that over the past six months, they have added over twelve new channel partners for BlackBerry Radar including two in Mexico, marking the first time the monitoring solutions have been made available outside the U.S. and Canada.

BlackBerry introduces QNX Black Channel Communications Technology

Digital traffic

Expanding its embedded software portfolio, BlackBerry today announced a software solution called QNX Black Channel Communications Technology for OEMs and embedded software developers that helps ensure safe communication exchanges with safety-critical systems.

BlackBerry KEY2 software update ACN424 now available

Blackberry Key2 Red Software Update

Although the autoloader has been available in the CrackBerry Forums for a while now, unlocked and carrier versions of the BlackBerry KEY2 have now started receiving the latest software update over the air (OTA). Labeled as ACN424, this release features all of the March Android security update fixes.

If you haven't already got it downloaded and installed, go ahead and check for updates, and it just might be waiting for you. Keep in mind, however, not all variants are showing it as of yet so you'll have to hang tight or use the autoloader.

Discuss more in the CrackBerry Forums

BBMe updated with new features and enhancements

BBMe launch screen on Android

Following the latest update to BBMe on iOS, BlackBerry has now updated its Android version as well. Rather than a typical bug fix update, the changelog this time around is rather substantial, with new features and enhancements listed.

BlackBerry report highlights threat groups targeting Linux, Windows and Android

Blackberry Shield

A new report coming from BlackBerry titled Decade of the RATs: Cross-Platform APT Espionage Attacks Targeting Linux, Windows and Android is now available and it offers a closer examination of how five Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups have been targeting Linux, Windows, and Android.

As part of the report, BlackBerry notes the groups have been operating for nearly a decade now while remaining mostly undetected while conducting economic espionage focused on intellectual property and the ongoing attacks are taking advantage of the rise in work-from-home operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

 Cross-Platform APT Espionage Attacks Targeting Linux, Windows and Android

Key findings in the report include:

  • The APT groups examined in this report are likely comprised of civilian contractors working in the interest of the Chinese government who readily share tools, techniques, infrastructure, and targeting information with one another and their government counterparts.
  • The APT groups have traditionally pursued different objectives and focused on a wide array of targets; however, it was observed that there is a significant degree of coordination between these groups, particularly where targeting of Linux platforms is concerned.
  • The research identifies two new examples of Android malware, continuing a trend seen in a previous report from BlackBerry researchers, titled Mobile Malware and APT Espionage: Prolific, Pervasive, and Cross-Platform, which examined how APT groups have been leveraging mobile malware in combination with traditional desktop malware in ongoing cross-platform surveillance and espionage campaigns.
  • One of the Android malware samples very closely resembles the code in a commercially available penetration testing tool, yet the malware is shown to have been created nearly two years before the commercial tool was first made available for purchase.
  • The report examines several new variants of well-known malware that are getting by network defenders through the use code-signing certificates for adware, a tactic that the attackers hope will increase infection rates as AV red flags are dismissed as just another blip in a constant stream of adware alerts.
  • The research also highlights a shift by attackers towards the use of cloud service providers for command-and-control (C2) and data exfiltration communications which appear to be trusted network traffic.

"This research paints a picture of an espionage effort targeting the very backbone of large organizations' network infrastructure that is more systemic than has been previously acknowledged," says John McClurg, Chief Information Security Officer at BlackBerry. "This report opens another chapter in the Chinese IP theft story, providing us with new lessons to learn."

Press Release

BlackBerry Report Examines Decade-Long Compromise of Linux Servers by Chinese APTs

WATERLOO, Ont. – April 7, 2020 –BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today released new research that examines how five related Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups operating in the interest of the Chinese government have systematically targeted Linux servers, Windows systems and mobile devices running Android while remaining undetected for nearly a decade.

The report, titled Decade of the RATs: Cross-Platform APT Espionage Attacks Targeting Linux, Windows and Android, provides further insight into pervasive economic espionage operations targeting intellectual property, a subject that the Department of Justice recently said is the focus of more than 1000 open investigations in all of the 56 FBI field offices.

The cross-platform aspect of the attacks is also of particular concern in light of security challenges posed by the sudden increase in remote workers. The tools identified in these ongoing attack campaigns are already in place to take advantage of work-from-home mandates, and the diminished number of personnel onsite to maintain security of these critical systems compounds the risks. While the majority of the workforce has left the office as part of containment efforts in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, intellectual property remains in enterprise data centers, most of which run on Linux.

Linux runs nearly all of the top 1 million websites online, 75% of all web servers, 98% of the world's supercomputers and 75% of major cloud service providers (Netcraft, 2019, Linux Foundation, 2020). Most large organizations rely on Linux to run websites, proxy network traffic and store valuable data. The BlackBerry report examines how APTs have leveraged the "always on, always available" nature of Linux servers to establish a "beachhead for operations" across a wide swath of targets.

"Linux is not typically user-facing, and most security companies focus their engineering and marketing attention on products designed for the front office instead of the server rack, so coverage for Linux is sparse" said Eric Cornelius, Chief Product Architect at BlackBerry. "These APT groups have zeroed in on that gap in security and leveraged it for their strategic advantage to steal intellectual property from targeted sectors for years without anyone noticing."

Other key findings in the report include:

  • The APT groups examined in this report are likely comprised of civilian contractors working in the interest of the Chinese government who readily share tools, techniques, infrastructure, and targeting information with one another and their government counterparts.
  • The APT groups have traditionally pursued different objectives and focused on a wide array of targets; however, it was observed that there is a significant degree of coordination between these groups, particularly where targeting of Linux platforms is concerned.
  • The research identifies two new examples of Android malware, continuing a trend seen in a previous report from BlackBerry researchers, titled Mobile Malware and APT Espionage: Prolific, Pervasive, and Cross-Platform, which examined how APT groups have been leveraging mobile malware in combination with traditional desktop malware in ongoing cross-platform surveillance and espionage campaigns.
  • One of the Android malware samples very closely resembles the code in a commercially available penetration testing tool, yet the malware is shown to have been created nearly two years before the commercial tool was first made available for purchase.
  • The report examines several new variants of well-known malware that are getting by network defenders through the use code-signing certificates for adware, a tactic that the attackers hope will increase infection rates as AV red flags are dismissed as just another blip in a constant stream of adware alerts.
  • The research also highlights a shift by attackers towards the use of cloud service providers for command-and-control (C2) and data exfiltration communications which appear to be trusted network traffic.

"This research paints a picture of an espionage effort targeting the very backbone of large organizations' network infrastructure that is more systemic than has been previously acknowledged," says John McClurg, Chief Information Security Officer at BlackBerry. "This report opens another chapter in the Chinese IP theft story, providing us with new lessons to learn."

To learn more and download a copy of the report, visit https://www.blackberry.com/RATs.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

ZTR and BlackBerry team up to create remote railcar monitoring solution

Locomotive

Looking to combine their technical expertise, ZTR and BlackBerry today announced they have teamed up to offer railcar owners, operators, and suppliers a new end-to-end digital monitoring solution.

"Known as the railway experts, ZTR is the perfect partner to help us expand the reach of our asset monitoring solution in an otherwise underserved market and one in which visibility and fleet insights can make a major difference in railway profitability," said Christopher Plaat, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BlackBerry Radar. "Together with ZTR, we share a vision to bring digital transformation to the railroads so that they can make better, data-driven decisions that lead to greater fleet efficiency."

The new solution, available now, will offer a complete dashboard that provides insights into location-based services, utilization, motion, mileage, and cargo capacity across railway fleets.

Press Release

ZTR AND BLACKBERRY PARTNER TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE RAIL INDUSTRY

MINNEAPOLIS, MN and WATERLOO, ON – April 6, 2020 – ZTR, a market leader in delivering innovative locomotive modernization solutions, and BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB), today announced they are combining their proven technology expertise to offer railcar owners, operators and suppliers a powerful new digital monitoring solution.

Recognizing there was an immediate industry need for a remote railcar monitoring solution that could withstand the rugged conditions of the railway, provide greater fleet insights and operate with extended battery life, the two companies decided to leverage their mutual strengths. The partnership combines ZTR's decades of railway industry expertise, world-class technical support and Railway IoT experience with BlackBerry's industry-leading communication technology, battery management, security, and hardware capabilities.

It was an easy decision for ZTR to work with BlackBerry, according to Sam Hassan, CEO and President of ZTR. "We're always looking ahead to anticipate customer needs and improve availability, reliability and efficiency through innovation, so it made sense to join together to deliver greater customer value," he said.

The new railcar solution is an end-to-end solution for owners, OEMs, lessors, shippers and managers to achieve increased efficiencies. Available now through an intuitive online dashboard, the service offering includes location-based services, utilization, motion, mileage, and cargo capacity for railcars and other non-powered railway assets.

"Known as the railway experts, ZTR is the perfect partner to help us expand the reach of our asset monitoring solution in an otherwise underserved market and one in which visibility and fleet insights can make a major difference in railway profitability," said Christopher Plaat, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BlackBerry Radar. "Together with ZTR, we share a vision to bring digital transformation to the railroads so that they can make better, data-driven decisions that lead to greater fleet efficiency."

Backed by the strength of partnership and expertise, the new railcar product is the solution customers have been awaiting. Now with solid location information, they'll be able to realize huge efficiency gains through analytics and reporting, and get unparalleled visibility into their operations, allowing them to optimize asset utilization.

To see this solution in action or to find out more, email railwayinfo@ztr.com.

About ZTR

ZTR is a global high-tech company that develops new and innovative solutions for the rail and construction industries. Known as a pioneer in the development of locomotive modernization solutions and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technology, ZTR designs products aimed at improving the performance and reliability of aging locomotives, and delivers industrial telematics solutions that allow companies to remotely monitor and manage mobile and fixed assets. With more than 375,000 telematics-enabled assets under contract, ZTR serves over 70 industrial Original Equipment Manufacturers and many of the top rental houses in the world. For more information, www.ztr.com/industry/railway or follow us @ZTR_ Solutions.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

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