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BlackBerry invests in the evolution of cybersecurity innovation

By Catherine Knowles
Fri 4 Oct 2019
FYI, this story is more than a year old

BlackBerry has launched new BlackBerry Advanced Technology Development Labs, designed to help develop and research new security technologies.

The business unit will be led by CTO Charles Eagan. It will include a team of more than 120 software developers, architects, researchers, product leads and security experts, each working toward the goal of identifying, exploring and creating new technologies in cybersecurity.

According to the company, the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) alongside a dynamic threat landscape fosters a climate where organisations have to guard against new threats and breaches at all times.

With a focus on data science and machine learning, BlackBerry Labs innovation funnel will investigate, incubate and facilitate technologies specifically designed to further the company’s commitment to safety, security and data privacy for its customers, the company states.

Initial projects from BlackBerry Labs will focus on machine learning approaches to security in partnership with BlackBerry’s existing Cylance, Enterprise, and QNX business units.

BlackBerry CTO Charles Eagan says, “The establishment of BlackBerry Labs is the latest in a series of strategic moves we’ve taken to ensure our customers are protected across all endpoints and verticals in the new IoT.”

“Today’s cybersecurity industry is rapidly advancing and BlackBerry Labs will operate as its own business unit solely focused on innovating and developing the technologies of tomorrow that will be necessary for our sustained competitive success, from A to Z; Artificial Intelligence to Zero-Trust environments.

"We believe this highly experienced team will allow us to remain nimble, engaged and, above all else, proactive in our efforts to be the most trusted security software leader in the market,” Says Eagan.

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