BlackBerry has been undergoing a massive restructuring and turnaround since 2013. The company has shifted its focus from mobile hardware to software and services to offset the revenue declines from its smartphone unit and legacy system access fees.
BlackBerry said it sees great potential in the cyber security consulting space which is worth an estimated US$16.5 billion a year globally and is forecasted to grow to $23 billion per annum by 2019.
“We recognize that security vulnerabilities are a top risk concern for public and private sector organizations alike,” said John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry “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
It is estimated that data breaches currently cost the global economy more than $400 billion every year, according to BlackBerry.
BlackBerry’s new global Professional Cybersecurity Services practice will address:
· Strategic Security: best practices in IT operation ranging from enterprise mobility management and cloud services.
· Technical Security: technical assistance for infrastructure and product development lifecycle.
· Automotive and IoT Security: security consulting services as the rapid commercialization of IoT solutions makes security and privacy a top priority.
· Detection, Testing and Analysis: threat detection and mitigation penetration testing, vulnerability assessment and incident response analysis. This includes forensic services, business security status via IT health checks, training, regulatory compliance and security breach management through incident response.
Encription’s specialties range from deep technical skills in software security to hardware capabilities. This includes industry-leading assessments in penetration testing, mimicking the techniques of malicious hackers to ensure organizations are aware of cyber risks posed by criminal hackers and how to address them. Encription has been entrusted by one of the UK government’s highest security standards with the CESG CHECK IT and ISO/IEC 27001 certifications.
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