Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 10 - Page 16

NEWS BlackBerry and Israeli cybersecurity company partner to mitigate threats B lackBerry Limited, and Israeli multinational software provider, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd, have announced the companies have entered a global ISV (Independent Software Vendor) partnership. The strategic agreement is the first of its kind for Check Point and includes joint go-to- market planning and selling of Check Point’s market-leading mobile threat defence solution, SandBlast Mobile, along with BlackBerry UEM and BlackBerry Dynamics. Recent Check Point research found that 94% of security professionals doubt their company can prevent a breach of employees’ mobile devices. “Today’s world of hyper-connectivity requires ultra-security,” said Mark Wilson, Chief Marketing Officer, BlackBerry. “Far too often we hear about enterprises employing a specific security mobility strategy as an afterthought when it has the potential to be the weakest link. BlackBerry and Check Point share a DNA that revolves around cybersecurity and with each company bringing industry renowned solutions to the table, the partnership is a natural fit and a great addition to our ISV ecosystem.” “Enterprises need to use consistent, comprehensive threat prevention across their mobile fleets to keep mobile devices from being the weak point in their security defences,” said Jeremy Kaye, VP of Mobile Security Solutions at Check Point Software Technologies. “With Check Point and BlackBerry joining forces to prevent mobile cyberattacks in the enterprise, we are providing the best-in-class mobile threat prevention technology that every business needs.” To further streamline the customer experience and improve service delivery, BlackBerry’s teams will be fully trained on the Check Point SandBlast Mobile solution to resell and serve as a single point of contact for professional services and support. With organisations across the globe adopting mobility solutions to improve productivity and deliver Digital Transformation projects, mobile security is often overlooked despite cyberattacks getting more sophisticated. ////////////////// UK Israel Tech Hub facilitate s 175 innovation partnerships A world-first tech partnership between the UK and Israel has been so successful that it has helped to boost the UK economy by potentially £800 million since it was launched in 2011. The UK Israel Tech Hub, based in the British Embassy in Israel, connects businesses in both countries. It has enabled British companies to access Israel’s world-leading innovations and at the same time has helped Israeli companies go global by partnering with UK firms. So far, the Hub has led 175 tech partnerships in deals worth £85 million according to a new report on its impact. 2017 saw more UK organisations using cutting-edge technologies in their business in areas including Artificial Intelligence, chatbots, Blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) and in projects such as Smart Cities and smart industries. create a global network of hubs, connecting digital dynamos across the world.” Ayelet Mavor, Director of the UK Israel Tech Hub, said: “RBS, HSBC as well as organisations such as the NHS are paving the way for their UK peers to work with innovators and create real win-win partnerships.” British Ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey, said: “These new partnerships mean the UK is now a major destination for Israeli innovation and Israeli innovation is now part of many areas of life in the UK.” DCMS Secretary of State, Matt Hancock, commented: “We want the UK to be the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business, but to do that we need to work with like-minded tech nations. The UK Israel Tech Hub has given aspiring British companies the opportunity to discover Israel’s world-leading innovative technology. Through its success, we’re now expanding the scheme to 16 INTELLIGENTCIO