MWC 2016: BlackBerry launches cyber security practice

BlackBerry acquires UK firm Encription to provide customers threat mitigation and cybersecurity services

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MWC 2016: BlackBerry launches cyber security practice BlackBerry’s cybersecurity consulting services and tools, combined with its existing solutions, will help customers to identify the latest security threats (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  February 25, 2016

BlackBerry has announced it has acquired UK cyber security company Encription to launch its Professional CyberSecurity Services practice, to expand its security portfolio.

BlackBerry's cybersecurity consulting services and tools, combined with its existing solutions, will help customers to identify the latest security threats, develop risk appropriate mitigations strategies, implement and maintain IT security standards and techniques and defend against the risk of future attacks.

"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," said John Chen, executive chairman and CEO at BlackBerry.

"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 the industry's most secure mobility solutions and helping them to assess and mitigate risks." 

BlackBerry's new service will address, ‘strategic security' in IT operation, such as cloud services, ‘technical security' in infrastructure and product development, ‘automotive and IoT security', and ‘detection, testing and analysis' focussing on threat detection, vulnerability assessment and incident response analysis.

Also included are forensic services, business security status via IT health checks, training, regulatory compliance and security breach management through incident response.

Cybersecurity consulting is currently estimated to be a $16.5 billion annual global business that is forecast to grow to $23 billion per annum by 2019, predicts Gartner.

UK cybersecurity firm Encription specialises in technical skills in software security to hardware capabilities, such as penetration testing and mimicking techniques used by hackers. The company has also been certified with CESG CHECK IT and ISO/IEC 27001 certifications by the UK government, this therefore adds a security certification to Blackberry's portfolio.

According to analysts Ponemon Institute, data breaches currently cost the global economy more than $400bn a year. Furthermore, as cybersecurity threats become more pervasive with increasing Internet connectivity, there is a greater demand for more robust defensive tactics to combat these risks.

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