BlackBerry Security Summit 2018 London recap

John Chen keynote at BlackBerry Security Summit 2018 in London

On Wednesday September 12th BerryReporter was privileged to attend the BlackBerry Security Summit 2018 in London. This was the company’s fifth annual event that was attended by industry experts and thought leaders from across the world who came together to share their personal experience with BlackBerry’s products. Over 1000 executives attended to discuss a wide range of topics including cybersecurity, EoT-driven workstreams and improving business practices and processes.

Some of the major partners in attendance at the London leg of the Security Summit included Google, Samsung, TCL and more. The summit was spread over two days with an exclusive day from BlackBerry partners, distributors, ISVs and Solutions Providers that make up BlackBerry’s growing partner ecosystem on Sept 11th.

The following Summit Day of the two day event that was open to BerryReporter and one of the big announcements from the 12th that we are allowed to discuss was BlackBerry working with Amazon to secure their Alexa smart speakers for Enterprise.  The BlackBerry team also had some great hackathons that included the execs deploying a drone and showing how it could be used to infiltrate and hack competitor wifi and bluetooth connections on their devices. The BlackBerry execs showcased this potential security breach so that a client would be protected by these security flaws by using the BlackBerry suite of products such as UEM. As part of the conference program, the London event also featured a ‘DevZone’ where developers collaborated with BlackBerry experts to help them build secure enterprise solutions.

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE showcased at the BlackBerry Security Summit 2018

The team from TCL/BlackBerry Mobile were also in attendance at the London event and were showcasing the forthcoming KEY2 LE device which drops early October. We got to spend some hands on time with the device which felt light and great in hand. We were told that Slate variant of the KEY2 LE device would be widely available but the 64GB dual sim version of the device would only come in Champagne and be available through selected outlets. Further to this the Atomic Red version would be available initially via exclusive network carrier partners initially. We were also told to look out for the various software enhancements including cloning apps, enhanced selfie mode and updated convenience key features that will launch on the KEY2 LE would indeed come to the KEY 2 later this year.

The BlackBerry Security Summit 2018 is hitting the US on for another two day event on October 3rd and 4th, and BerryReporter will be in attendance again for this event. To register and view a full agenda for the BlackBerry Security Summit in New York, please visit


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BerryReporter's International Correspondent based in London, UK and has been a BlackBerry user since 2004 across 16 different devices. My first BlackBerry was a blue 7290 and I'm currently using both a BlackBerry KEY2 and Motion for work and personal use. I love running and going to the gym plus I'm also a huge music, movie, tech and sports fan. My favourite sports include Boxing; MMA and Athletics to Basketball (Miami Heat) and Football (Liverpool FC). You can add me on BBM via my custom PIN: USMmedia

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