BlackBerry signs up security firm to screen third party apps


App World software will now be screened by Trend Micro to protect customers

BlackBerry has signed a contract with security company Trend Micro to screen third party apps before offering them for sale or download on BlackBerry App World.

Apps submitted by developers will be screened for malware and other privacy issues using Trend Micro Mobile Application Reputation Service software, which the manufacturer says will further expand the level of security it offers customers.

Trend Micro specialises in cloud security systems and has already scanned over 2 million mobile apps for other providers.

BlackBerry director of security response and threat analysis Adrian Stone said: “By incorporating Trend Micro’s advanced mobile scanning and detection capabilities with our own internal, proprietary application analysing system, we can provide another layer of protection and assurance for BlackBerry customers.

“Together, BlackBerry and Trend Micro are developing an innovative and comprehensive solution for protecting BlackBerry customers against emerging mobile security concerns.”