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What is
BlackBerry
Persona
Desktop?

BlackBerry
Persona
Desktop is a local service that continuously authenticates a user's behavior while they are using a device.
Persona
Desktop creates a behavioral model of the user's activity and uses that model to recognize deviations from the user's expected behavior. If the activity deviates enough,
Persona
Desktop will require the user to reauthenticate themselves before they can continue to use the device. For example, if a malicious user gets access to a
Persona
Desktop device, their actions would not match the user's, and they would be locked out of the device.
Using
Persona
Desktop and
BlackBerry
Protect Desktop
provides security against malicious users and malicious files.
Persona
Desktop data models include:
  • Keystroke data: the way the user types on the keyboard
  • Mouse data: the way the user moves and clicks the mouse or trackpad
  • Process start data: the applications the user launches and when
  • Logon data: when the user logs on or when the user fails at logging on
  • Network data: the IP addresses and ports the user accesses
A user's behavior contributes to a risk score based on their behavioral model. Administrators can set thresholds for how low a user's risk score can be before they must reauthenticate. Authentication could be a username and password or a two-factor authentication challenge. Administrators can also reset a user's score or temporarily pause
Persona
Desktop if someone needs to troubleshoot the device.