BlackBerry Protect and Optics Breach Response Test

BlackBerry Protect and Optics awarded AAA Rating in SE Labs’ Breach Response Test

BlackBerry Protect and Optics provided 100% prevention, 100% detection and zero false positives

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BlackBerry Protect and BlackBerry Optics won the AAA award for detecting and preventing cyberattacks during the SE Labs Breach Response Test. This test subjected BlackBerry products to a wide range of hacking attacks publicly available. All threats were stopped before damage occurred.

The combined EPP and EDR solution was able to provide complete prevention, complete detection, and zero false positive results, earning SE Lab’s maximum AAA rating for its excellent performance.

SE Labs subjected BlackBerry Protect and BlackBerry Optics to a range of hacking real-world attacks designed to compromise systems and penetrate target networks. They used the same techniques cyber criminals and other threat attackers use to breach systems and networks in the real world.

According to SE Labs report,

“Breach Response Test Protection Mode: BlackBerry Protect and Optics,” the products detected and protected fully against all of the threats. In every case the threats were unable to move beyond the earliest stages of the attack chain. As soon as the target systems were exposed to the threats, the attacks were detected immediately and were blocked from running. This prevented them from causing any damage, including data theft.

SE Labs tested BlackBerry Protect and Optics against a range of hacking attacks designed to compromise systems and penetrate target networks in the same way as criminals and other attackers breach systems and networks.

Full chains of attack were used, meaning that testers behaved as real attackers, probing targets using a variety of tools, techniques and vectors before attempting to gain lower-level and more powerful access.

Finally, the testers/ attackers attempted to complete their missions, which might include stealing information, damaging systems and connecting to other systems on the network.

Billy Ho, EVP Product Engineering at BlackBerry said:

“The results of the SE Labs test reinforce what we’ve seen with recent ransomware attacks such as DarkSide, Conti, and REvil – that prevention-first with detection and response is the right strategy, and our Cylance AI-driven products are extremely effective at preventing and detecting breaches, even attacks that have never been seen before.”

SE Labs examined BlackBerry Protect and BlackBerry Optics abilities to:

  • Detect highly targeted attacks
  • Protect against the actions of highly targeted attacks
  • Provide remediation to damage and other risks posed by the threats
  • Handle legitimate applications and other objects

Judging the effectiveness of an endpoint security product is a subtle art, and many factors are at play when assessing how well it performs. To make things easier we’ve combined all the different results from this report into one easy-to-understand chart.

The chart below takes into account not only the product’s ability to detect and protect against threats, but also its handling of non-malicious objects such as web addresses (URLs) and applications.

Total Accuracy ratings

ProductTotal Accuracy RatingTotal Accuracy (%)Award
BlackBerry Protect and Optics94695%AAA

“Understanding the capabilities of different security products is always better achieved before it’s needed in a live scenario,” said Simon Edwards, CEO, SE Labs.

“SE Labs’ Breach Response test reports help organizations assess which are the best for their particular needs. BlackBerry Protect and Optics performed admirably, providing complete detection and protection coverage against all attacks, while allowing all legitimate applications to operate.

This is an exceptional result in a challenging test. BlackBerry’s engagement with SE Labs shows a high confidence in its products.”

You can download the full SE Labs Breach Report here.  


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