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Ruggedized IOT Device Deployment: Security and Management

You’ll find ruggedized internet of things (IoT) devices where athletes hit home runs and score goals. And these endpoints help everything — from candies to cars — roll off the line. The hardened devices also play a crucial part within the industries that power everything we do, and transport everything we buy.

Organizations depend more than ever on specialized IoT endpoints. Typically deployed on mobile OS frameworks or other embedded OS platforms, these dedicated input/output devices — often PCs, smartphones, or tablets — can withstand operating environments too extreme for conventional IoT devices. Use cases include things like predictive maintenance, remote quality monitoring, location tracking, and more.  

As legacy industries undergo digital transformation journeys, and ruggedized/IoT deployments grow in both importance and complexity, so does the need to secure and manage them from a centralized point.

7 Things to Look for in Unified Endpoint Management

Is your Unified Endpoint Management system capable of securing and managing a growing network of devices? A recent independent evaluation of UEM offerings helps organizations answer this question.

The Spring 2022 report, “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide UEM Software for Ruggedized/Internet of Things Device Deployments 2022 Vendor Assessment” (Doc # US48325322, May 2022), provided an in-depth analysis of UEM software platforms from various providers.

The analyst report listed seven separate UEM capabilities organizations should consider when evaluating platforms:

  1. Enforceable and maintainable device state and functionality
  2.  Conditional access controls and policy enforcement triggers
  3.  Workspace intelligence and analytics
  4. Baseline mobile endpoint support
  5. Strong portfolio of adjacent and complementary IT products, services, and solutions
  6. A broad set of legacy and modern PC management support functions
  7. Ability to support both mobile and PC form factors

BlackBerry Named a Leader in UEM Software for Ruggedized/IoT Device Deployments

At BlackBerry, we strive to meet these exacting standards for device management, and I’m pleased to report that the 2022 IDC MarketScape report for ruggedized IoT device deployments again named BlackBerry as a “leader,” for the third consecutive year in a row.  

The report includes this overview of the BlackBerry UEM platform, including where it may fit in your UEM adoption or upgrade plans: 

“Consider BlackBerry for high-security use cases or scenarios where regulatory compliance and special certifications are important requirements, especially for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) deployments that can leverage BlackBerry secure productivity apps. Also consider BlackBerry UEM for potential vendor consolidation and product integration with regard to the vendor's BlackBerry endpoint security and threat detection products. BlackBerry capabilities around mobile data protection and security also make it a strong consideration for supporting extensive BYOD deployments.”

Deploying connected devices outside the tightly controlled confines of corporate offices always presents risk, and UEM often represents the first line of defense, delivered via device management and compliance. We strengthen those defenses by integrating BlackBerry® UEM solutions with our Cylance® AI-powered endpoint protection, to provide true end-to-end cybersecurity and device protection.  

This latest IDC report and other recent studies validate our holistic approach to addressing the evolving UEM market. Independent third-party assessments such as these also underscore why organizations across the globe increasingly see BlackBerry as a vendor of choice for providing software and services to secure all their endpoints, including mobile devices and ruggedized or embedded devices in the IoT space.

The BlackBerry® UEM platform meets government and industry certifications for security and compliance, including FedRAMP, FIPS 140-2, NIAP Common Criteria, and PCI-DSS, among several others. 

IDC MarketScape Vendor Evaluation Methodology

IDC MarketScape methodology assesses vendors by reviewing both quantitative and qualitative characteristics that define current market demands and expected buyer needs. The basis of this evaluation includes a comprehensive and rigorous framework that assesses each vendor relative to one another, and the framework highlights the key factors expected to be the most significant for achieving success in the market over the short term and the long term.

Download the Ruggedized/IoT Excerpt

Download an excerpt of the 2022 IDC MarketScape for Ruggedized/IoT Deployments for yourself to explore use cases for the approach and how UEM can help you secure and manage your IoT endpoints, regardless of whether they are rugged, or not.

Nathan Jenniges

About Nathan Jenniges

Nathan Jenniges is Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cybersecurity at BlackBerry.