BlackBerry Server Tackles Quantum Computing Security Concerns

Today’s topics include BlackBerry adding a quantum-resistant server to its cyber-security platform, and Splunk announcing improvements to its data platforms.

BlackBerry revealed at its annual Security Summit last week that it is adding a quantum-resistant code-signing server to its lineup of cryptography tools, which will allow software to be digitally signed using a scheme that will be hard to break with a quantum computer.

According to CTO Charles Eagan, “Quantum computing … gives bad actors the potential to crack traditional public key cryptosystems and then attack the underlying data they protect. By adding the quantum-resistant code-signing server to our cyber-security tools, [BlackBerry] will be able to address a major security concern for industries that rely on assets that will be in use for a long time.”

The code-signing server will come available in November and uses cryptographic libraries from ISARA, a provider of agile quantum-safe security solutions. The combination of BlackBerry’s and ISARA’s technology can protect software of long-lived assets against an increasingly risky future when quantum computers will be able to easily break traditional code-signing schemes.

Splunk held its annual .conf customer event Oct. 1-4, making a series of announcements about product direction and new capabilities that are landing across its portfolio. Among the new products is the general availability of the Splunk Enterprise 7.2 platform, which provides insight into log files and network traffic.

Splunk also announced its latest security platform updates, including the Splunk Phantom 4.1 technology, which is a Security Orchestration Automation and Response offering, as well as new releases of Spunk ES and UBA.

Rounding out the updates was a preview of Splunk Next, which is a set of continuously evolving technologies.