CANADIAN MOBILE MAKER BlackBerry has announced the acquisition of UK company Encription in a bid to beef up its security credentials.
BlackBerry highlighted the capabilities that Encription will bring to its portfolio, including penetration testing and the fact that it is accredited with the UK government’s highest security standard CESG CHECK IT and ISO/IEC 27001 certifications.
Encription's website claims a wide-ranging customer base from central and local government departments to SMEs and large corporates, financial institutions, manufacturers and charities. BlackBerry will no doubt hope to expand this customer base into other regions using its global reach and brand.
The acquisition forms of a core element of BlackBerry's Professional Cybersecurity Services division that uses the firm’s brand to entice new customers, as outlined by CEO John Chen.
"BlackBerry is the gold standard when it comes to security and we’re always evolving to maintain this high standard as the complexity of enterprise mobility and security increases," he said.
"We recognise that security vulnerabilities are a top risk concern for public and private sector organisations alike.
"The creation of our Professional Cybersecurity Services practice and acquisition of Encription reinforces our commitment to providing customers with the industry’s most secure mobility solutions and helping them to assess and mitigate risks."
BlackBerry explained that the new division will provide services and tools for a range of requirements, including best practice IT security consulting and technical hands-on security services for key infrastructure and product development.
The unit will also focus on automotive and Internet of Things security services as these areas grow, as well as offer testing and analysis of networks and products to uncover problems before the hackers.
Security services are core to BlackBerry's efforts to reverse its ailing fortunes in the smartphone market. The company has acquired Good Technology and WatchDox, and has started adding tools from these firms into its own products. µ
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