BlackBerry starts cyber security services biz

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BlackBerry has launched its new cyber security services business to boost revenue from non-smartphone segment.

Cybersecurity consulting is a market opportunity for BlackBerry since it already securely manages hundreds of millions of mobile endpoints and provides critical systems software for more than 60 million connected cars.

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

BlackBerry and Cybersecurity Services

Strategic Security: best practices in IT operation ranging across 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.

As part of BlackBerry’s entry into the cybersecurity consulting services, the Canadian company has acquired UK-based Encription.

Data breaches currently cost the global economy more than $400 billion every year. Some industry sectors, such as automotive, are being forced to grapple with cybersecurity threats for the first time as cars become more connected, intelligent and self-sufficient.

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.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry announced that Microsoft customers now have access to BlackBerry’s enterprise mobility solutions in the open, flexible, enterprise-grade cloud computing platform Microsoft Azure.

BlackBerry and Microsoft will add the network crisis communication solution from AtHoc into the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

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