IBM to acquire mobile management and security firm Fiberlink

IBM is set to acquire Fiberlink Communications, a mobile management and security company.

The software major did not share financial terms.

Fiberlink’s MaaS360 cloud-based offerings will enable IBM to expand its bring your own device (BYOD) capabilities to deliver a complete mobile management and security solution through IBM MobileFirst.

IBM, as part of its long term strategy, is looking at building comprehensive set of mobile capabilities while eliminating barriers to adoption and accelerating the productivity benefits of mobility.

Robert LeBlanc, IBM senior vice president, Middleware Software

“To protect and enhance the complete mobile experience, it’s crucial to secure the app, user, content, data and the transaction. The acquisition of Fiberlink will enable us to offer these expanded capabilities to our clients, making it simple and quick to unlock the full potential of mobility,” said Robert LeBlanc, IBM senior vice president, Middleware Software.

Following the acquisition, IBM customers will be able to build secure apps by design with IBM Worklight and IBM Security AppScan, deliver trusted transactions through integrated threat intelligence with Trusteer, and improve the user experience with Tealeaf.

Now organizations can break free from one-size-fits-all security strategies and create more flexible, personalized mobile experiences that balance enterprise security with user privacy.

MaaS360 will become part of IBM’s Software as a Service (SaaS) portfolio of more than 100 cloud services. IBM plans to offer MaaS360 on the IBM SoftLayer cloud infrastructure.

The combination of IBM Endpoint Manager and MaaS360 will allow IBM to offer Unified Device Management, supporting either SaaS or on-premise deployments for all of an organization’s endpoints – from laptop, desktop and server to mobile devices.

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