On Wednesday, BlackBerry announced the acquisition of cybersecurity consultancy Encription and a new service.
"At BlackBerry, we are constantly working to do more for our enterprise customers, especially when it comes to securing their increasingly digital and interconnected mobile world. Today, we're happy to announce a new consulting practice, the Professional Cybersecurity Services, to our security portfolio that will assess and thwart cybersecurity risks for organizations," wrote BlackBerry's COO Marty Beard in a blog post. "As part of the new service, we have acquired UK-based Encription Limited. They will be an impactful addition to our consulting practice as they bring years of deep experience in cybersecurity consulting." Encription specializes in penetration testing and has CESG CHECK IT and ISO/IEC 27001 certifications. Encription has 40 employees and is based in Birmingham, UK; these employees are expected to join BlackBerry's existing 15 employees focusing on internal security services.
BlackBerry's new Professional Cybersecurity Services will focus on four major categories: Strategic Security, Technical Security, Automotive and IoT Security, and Detection, Testing, and Analytics. "Cyber threats are pervasive in today's increasingly interconnected, mobile and cloud-enabled environment. It's estimated that the global economy takes a $400 billion hit every year due to data breaches. This astronomical cost will only increase," said BlackBerry. "As threats increase, there is greater demand to combat the vulnerabilities. The creation of our Professional Cybersecurity Services practice and acquisition of Encription reinforces our commitment to customers to provide the industry's most secure mobility solutions to help assess and mitigate risks." BlackBerry says that detailed integration planning for this new service is underway now.
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