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BlackBerry and Check Point Software Announce Global Partnership to Mitigate Cybersecurity Threats

September 12, 2018

LONDON, Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) and Check Point Software Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ: CHKP) today 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 defense solution, SandBlast Mobile, along with BlackBerry UEM and BlackBerry Dynamics.

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. Recent Check Point research found that 94 per cent of security professionals doubt their company can prevent a breach of employees’ mobile devices.

“Today’s world of hyperconnectivity 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 defenses,” 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.”

Check Point’s SandBlast Mobile is BlackBerry Dynamics enabled and integrated with BlackBerry Unified Endpoint Management (UEM). The Dynamics platform provides the foundation for secure enterprise mobility by offering an advanced, mature, and tested container for mobile apps and email while delivering a comprehensive endpoint-to-endpoint approach to security. Enhanced with the SandBlast Mobile, the solution keeps business assets and sensitive data on all devices safe and secure from cyber-attacks.

SandBlast Mobile 3.0 prevents mobile phishing attacks, while also identifying all malicious network traffic to and from the device to help keep data and employees safe. It allows users to run apps downloaded to mobile devices in a virtual, cloud-based environment where behavior is analyzed and then approved or flagged as malicious. Other features include the ability to provide on-device network protection by inspecting and controlling network traffic to and from the device, blocking phishing attacks on all apps and browsers, and disabling communications with malicious command and control servers. Check Point’s solution, available now on BlackBerry’s Marketplace, allows businesses to stay ahead of new and emerging threats by extending its network security capabilities to mobile devices.

BlackBerry’s ISV ecosystem has seen significant momentum, growing 25 per cent in the last year. ISV partners have access to the BlackBerry Development Platform, an enterprise-grade toolset which enables developers to build secure, powerful, and customized mobility solutions for every use case.

To learn about the range of applications, extensions or solutions available on the BlackBerry Marketplace, please visit https://marketplace.blackberry.com. To find out more about becoming a BlackBerry ISV partner, please visit https://us.blackberry.com/enterprise/forms/isv-partner-application.

About BlackBerryBlackBerry is an enterprise software and services company focused on securing and managing IoT endpoints. The company does this with BlackBerry Secure, an end-to-end Enterprise of Things platform, comprised of its enterprise communication and collaboration software and safety-certified embedded solutions. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbol “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. ( www.checkpoint.com ) is a leading provider of cyber security solutions to corporate enterprises and governments globally. Its solutions protect customers from 5th-generation cyber-attacks with an industry leading catch rate of malware, ransomware and other targeted attacks. Check Point offers a multilevel security architecture with our new Gen V advanced threat prevention that protects all networks, cloud and mobile operations of a business against all known attacks combined with the industry’s most comprehensive and intuitive single point of control management system. Check Point protects over 100,000 organizations of all sizes.

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Media Contacts: BlackBerry (519) 597-7273 mediarelations@BlackBerry.com

Check Point +44 203-608-7492 press@checkpoint.com

Investor Contact: BlackBerry Investor Relations (519) 888-7465 investor_relations@BlackBerry.com

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