It doesn‘t take a lot of convincing to get someone thinking that the upcoming BlackBerry Priv‘s a bit different from your standard Android smartphone. For one, it‘s made by BlackBerry of all companies, representing the manufacturer‘s first foray into the world of Android. Then there‘s its portrait-mode-slider form factor, an absolute rarity these days on any smartphone platform.
But as far as BlackBerry‘s concerned one big reason users should flock to the Priv is the degree of security it offers. At least, that‘s what we‘ve heard, but what is BlackBerry really doing to help keep user data so secure? Today the company shared a few specifics of just what it‘s done to make Priv more hardened against attack than your average Android handset.
Mind you, much of this already exists in one form or another on various Android phones from BlackBerry‘s competition. BlackBerry hopes to make the Priv especially secure through what the sum total of all these parts can offer, especially in areas where it goes above and beyond what other handsets do. For instance, while you‘ll find a security-enhanced Linux kernel on other Androids, BlackBerry‘s taking that further with added patches and custom software configuration.
The Priv will also take advantage of a hardware-secured chain of software trust, as well as FIPS 140-2 full disk encryption. Software can be delivered to the phone via the secure BlackBerry Infrastructure transport system, and enterprise users are invited to take advantage of BES12 Enterprise Mobility Management platform support. Finally, the company‘s DTEK app will allow users to quickly review the status of device security.
We‘re still waiting on official word of the start of Priv sales, but it looks like the handset should arrive in just about another two weeks.
Source: BlackBerry
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