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BlackBerry’s Charles Eagan: Authentication, Digital Rights Management Key to IoT Security

Jeff Brody
Charles Eagan

Charles Eagan, chief technology officer at BlackBerry (NYSE: BB), has said organizations should adopt two strategies – digital rights management and authentication – to facilitate data sharing and ensure the security of mobile phones and internet of things-based devices.

Eagan wrote that organizations should continuously track mobile devices and prevent users from evading security by implementing an external management system for such devices.

“For instance, organizations could prevent users from copying and pasting sensitive information from a work email into a personal email account. Or organizations can make it impossible for a user to opt out of having a device password,” he added.

Eagan called on organizations to develop and implement best practices in order to prepare for a “tsunami” of IoT devices as well as come up with approaches to interconnect IoT platforms to ensure their privacy and security.

“That way, we can make sure the devices’ software is updated as needed, and we can detect when security has been compromised. Then, organizations can use unified endpoint management to set and enforce security policies across the IoT environment,” he said.

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