BlackBerry, VoxSmart to help financial services achieve MiFID II compliance

Together they will provide firms with the ability to capture, record, store and analyse mobile voice, text and third-party instant messaging applications

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BlackBerry, VoxSmart to help financial services achieve MiFID II compliance BlackBerry has teamed up with VoxSmart
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 14, 2017

BlackBerry has partnered with mobile surveillance and compliance firm VoxSmart to help financial services firms comply on time with the European Union's Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II).

Together with BlackBerry UEM (Unified Endpoint Management), which connects and manages endpoints, VoxSmart's VSmart will provide financial services firms with the ability to capture, record, store and analyse mobile voice, text and third-party instant messaging applications such as WhatsApp and WeChat.

Florian Bienvenu, SVP of EMEA Sales, BlackBerry, said: "Together with VoxSmart, we can enable businesses around the world to effortlessly capture conversations on endpoints including smartphones, wearables, tablets, and laptops. This joint solution is an excellent example of how BlackBerry is leveraging its software portfolio and developing strong partnerships to secure the Enterprise of Things."

Oliver Blower, CEO, VoxSmart, added: "VoxSmart is the only global mobile compliance solution that can capture, record, store and analyze both voice and third party instant message applications such as WhatsApp and WeChat. Our partnership with BlackBerry has already led to additional proofs of concept exercises from other global investment banks and financial services firms, who are seeing the MiFID II Directive as a chance to refine their approach to mobile security and compliance."

MiFID II, which comes into effect on January 3, 2018, demands that all financial services firms in Europe must keep records of all services, activities and transactions for at least five years.

Records include all electronic and instant messaging communications, telephone conversations and text messages related to or intended to conclude in a transaction, even if one does not occur. The directive seeks to make financial markets in Europe more resilient, transparent and investor-friendly.

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