The Israeli-based security company known as Zimperium teams up with BlackBerry in efforts to offer enterprise and business security solutions for mobile threats, through anti-hacking software.

Zimperium is the startup company that found the Stagefright bug that affected many Android devices last year. They and BlackBerry plan to sell the mobile anti-threat application zIPS which Zimperium created, to improve protection against hackers.

Thanks to Zimperium, Google now works hard to issue monthly security patches to its Android OS in efforts to further patch any potential loopholes.

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According to Zimperium, here’s a quick rundown of what has occurred since last year which is on their blog:

  • July 27, 2015 – Publicly disclosed Stagefright vulnerability
  • August 1, 2015 – Announced Zimperium Handset Alliance
  • August 5, 2015 – Released Stagefright detector tool
  • August 13, 2015 – Google released first Android monthly security bulletin
  • October 1, 2015 – Zimperium released second set of Stagefright vulnerabilities processing MP3/MP4 media
  • October 2015 – Samsung released first monthly security bulletin showing vendors following suit
  • March 22 2016 – Zimperium announced that 42.84% of Android devices are still vulnerable to CVE-2015-3864
  • May 9, 2016 – FCC & FTC launched joint investigation to determine how/when security updates to Google’s Android operating system reached users

It is a smart move by both companies, as more business and consumers are aware of the many potential security threats lurking.

Those who want to use zIPS will have to pay $10/m to protect against any security exploits. It is unclear as to how much BlackBerry will make from this business partnership.

BlackBerry is rumored to release the DTEK60, a higher spec Android-based smartphone which is stronger than the DTEK50. Those with BB’s OS cannot take advantage of the zIPS app, only users running the Android OS.

The DTEK60 is expected to run with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, Adreno 530 GPU, 21-megapixel rear camera, fingerprint sensor and suite of other high-end specs.

Zimperium’s zIPS threat detection app is another step in the right direction in securing applications that rely on security. With this partnership, BlackBerry is playing to its core strength as a company.


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