Protecting the BlackBerry device platform against malware

By | August 17, 2006

This document describes the third-party application control features of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution and provides an overview of how you might use those features and place the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution within your network architecture to contain the threat of malware on your BlackBerry devices and your corporate network.

Java based BlackBerry devices are designed to provide an open platform for third-party wireless enterprise application development. Using BlackBerry MDS Studio and the BlackBerry Java Development Environment (JDE), the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution enables software developers to create third-party applications for BlackBerry devices. The BlackBerry device supports MIDlets (Java applications that use standard MIDP and CLDC APIs only) and Java applications that use the BlackBerry APIs.

Third-party applications that are designed with malicious intent to cause harm to computer systems are commonly known, collectively, as malware. Some malware attacks might target BlackBerry devices. Attackers might use malware to perform attacks that are designed to: steal your personal and corporate data, create a Denial of Service (DoS) to make your network unusable, access your corporate network using your corporate BlackBerry devices.

Whether you push third-party applications or freely permit users to download third-party applications onto BlackBerry devices, the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution includes tools and architecture options designed to enable you to control the manual or automatic installation of third-party applications and limit the access of untrusted applications to the BlackBerry device and its resources to help prevent malware attacks on the BlackBerry device.

Plan your network architecture and design your overall network security policy to help manage the risk of malware attacks on your network. You can use BlackBerry Enterprise Solution tools to prevent opportunities for attackers to use malware to access your corporate network and BlackBerry devices.

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