How Encription, Good Technology Bolster BlackBerry's Security Strategy

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-02-29 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How Encription, Good Technology Bolster BlackBerry's Security Strategy

    BlackBerry's most recent acquisitions—Encription and Good Technology—will help the company focus on corporate customers and bolster its security efforts.
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    2 - Good Technology: Full Mobile Device Management
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    Good Technology: Full Mobile Device Management

    The idea behind acquiring Good was simple. BlackBerry wanted to be the go-to platform for mobility solutions, and Good had formed a strong customer base. By acquiring Good, BlackBerry has been able to expand its presence in mobile-device management and mobile-application management while maintaining a business connection with the smartphone customers it's losing to iOS and Android.
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    Encription: Part of the New Cybersecurity Services Practice

    Encription was a highly strategic acquisition for BlackBerry. The company is incorporating Encription's solutions into a new Cybersecurity Services Practice, announced Feb. 24, that will work with business customers to bolster their mobile and network security. It includes consulting services, tools and training, and Encription plays a central role in all of that.
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    4 - Good Technology Security Management Tools Are Also Popular
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    Good Technology Security Management Tools Are Also Popular

    Since it acquired Good, BlackBerry has highlighted the Good Technology subsidiary's secure management suite as one of its top offerings for corporate customers. In fact, encryption is used across a wide range of Good Technology solutions, and BlackBerry plans to bolster their security as time goes on.
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    5 - Encription Also Seeks Out Malicious Hackers
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    Encription Also Seeks Out Malicious Hackers

    One of the most important aspects of Encription's business is the company's ability to track down hackers. Encription has a Forensic Services practice that, in addition to working to minimize the damage hackers cause, is also capable of determining how they gained access to the network. The practice can also determine, in some cases, where the attack came from. With Encription's help, BlackBerry is now in the business of hunting down hackers.
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    6 - Good Technology Delivers Wide Range of Secure Apps
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    Good Technology Delivers Wide Range of Secure Apps

    There is a wide range of applications available to Good Technology users. The company offers all-in-one secure email, contacts, calendar and intranet. Good also provides a secure Web browser, instant messaging and documents support. The list goes on. Good has developed widely respected mobile apps, all designed for secure enterprise use.
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    7 - Encription Understands Cyber-Attackers
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    Encription Understands Cyber-Attackers

    An important component in tracking down hackers is understanding how they think and behave. Encription offers a penetration testing service, which mimics the techniques used by hackers to determine whether a company is adequately safeguarded against a possible attack. Companies that work with Encription are also told how to plug those holes before hackers can pounce.
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    8 - Good Technology Is Still a Cross-Platform Solution
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    Good Technology Is Still a Cross-Platform Solution

    To its credit, BlackBerry hasn't dropped one of Good's most appealing features: its cross-platform technology. Good is available for Android and iOS, as well as desktop platforms. And it, of course, can be used on BlackBerry. But it's that cross-platform support that attracted customers in the first place, and BlackBerry has maintained it.
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    9 - Cyber-Training Is Another Important Encription Service
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    Cyber-Training Is Another Important Encription Service

    Training IT staff about malicious hackers and how they attack networks is exceedingly important. Realizing that, Encription provides a series of cyber-training courses all aimed at educating IT professionals on the risks they face. All of those classes are accredited by internationally recognized security agencies.
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    Here's How Much Good Technology Cost

    Considering Good Technology was an established company with a long roster of enterprise customers, BlackBerry had to pay $425 million when it bought the company in 2015. While that's not a huge acquisition for BlackBerry, it's one of its largest in years and arguably one of its most important as it works to rebuild its ailing business.
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    BlackBerry Won't Say What It Paid for Encription

    Unlike the Good buy, BlackBerry is unwilling to say what it paid for Encription. The company actually closed the deal on Feb. 19 and has since been starting to integrate it into the Cybersecurity Services Practice group. Regardless of the price, given the focus of that Practice, Encription will play a central role and its services will not change that much after the BlackBerry buyout.
 

BlackBerry on Feb. 24 announced that it had acquired hacker-tracking company Encription as part of a broader strategy to enhance the cyber-security services it can deliver to enterprise customers. The acquisition is just the latest in a string of buys, all aimed at achieving BlackBerry CEO John Chen's goal of expanding the company's enterprise mobile security and application services to help corporate customers be more productive and make their networks more secure. The acquisition follows BlackBerry's buy last year of Good Technology, a mobility company also aimed at enterprise customers. Both Encription and Good Technology were acquired to fortify BlackBerry's efforts to offer enterprise security and mobile management services beyond its mobile platform and devices. This slide show will take a deeper look at the company's two most recent acquisitions to discuss the important attributes that made them attractive to BlackBerry and what benefits they will deliver to its corporate customers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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