BlackBerry Cylance delivers first proactive behavioural analytics solution with CylancePERSONA

BlackBerry Cylance, a business unit of BlackBerry Limited, has announced the introduction of CylancePERSONA, the first proactive, native Artificial Intelligence (AI) behavioural and biometrics analysis solution for the security industry.

CylancePERSONA adds user monitoring to the company’s expansive defence of the enterprise and augments the AI-driven prevention, detection and response capabilities of the Cylance native AI platform. This lightweight solution combines continuous biometric behaviour and user conduct monitoring designed to identify suspicious users in real-time and prevent compromises.

“Every day, rogue insiders and external threat actors exploit valid user credentials to launch cyber attacks, so there’s a clear need for organisations to ensure that every user logged into their network can be trusted at any time and at all times,” said Eric Cornelius, chief product officer at BlackBerry Cylance. “CylancePERSONA addresses this challenge. With a combination of flexible initial authentication, user-centric biometrics, AI behavioural monitoring and automated active responses, CylancePERSONA delivers a scalable, efficient and effective solution that can ensure trust of the user is continuous.”

Unlike other user monitoring solutions that rely on network traffic analysis or focus on detection without the ability to respond automatically, CylancePERSONA sensors are able to detect and score both malicious and anomalous conduct. CylancePERSONA monitors user activity and calculates a Cylance Trust Score. If the user trust score drops below a given threshold, step-up authentication action or suspension can be automatically initiated.

“Stealing valid credentials and impersonating users are two of the most successful vectors used by attackers,” said Rob Davis, founder and CEO of Critical Start. “CylancePERSONA is the first solution to provide organisations with a technology that can detect and respond to the use of stolen credentials on the endpoint, both on and off the corporate network.”

Key features of CylancePERSONA include:

*Behavioral biometric analysis: Continuous monitoring of user behaviour with real-time detection of suspicious keyboard and mouse actions that could indicate an imposter

*User conduct monitoring and analysis: Real-time monitoring of user actions with instant identification of anomalous user activity to indicate a possible remote account takeover

*Contextual authentication analysis: Making use of previous user login activity such as location, time or method to ensure current login attempts are valid

*Automated user-centric response: Ability to interrupt user activity automatically upon detection of anomalous or suspicious actions with responses such as user log-off, suspended processes and step-up authentication

*Cloud-based APIs: Enablement of zero trust integration to third party products using the Cylance Trust Score

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About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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