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BlackBerry rebrands security software

09 DEC 2016

BlackBerry launched the BlackBerry Enterprise Mobility Suite, a rebranded version of the products it acquired from Good Technology in a $425 million deal last year, integrated with its own software.

The product, previously called Good Secure EMM Suites, combines “Good’s leading productivity apps and robust secure mobility platform with BlackBerry’s leading security,” the firm said, creating an enterprise mobility management solution “that not only offers business-class productivity apps to get work done on the go, but protects their privacy as well.”

It claims to provide “the gold standard for security” as BlackBerry has Common Criteria EAL-4+ certification, which it says is the highest certification level possible under the internationally recognised programme.

The suite will offer an email and collaboration app, secure file access supporting SharePoint, file shares, OneDrive, and Box across the apps portfolio and secure enterprise instant messaging for Microsoft Lync, Cisco Jabber and IBM Sametime environments, among other services.

The rebranding is part of a wider move that sees BlackBerry refer to a single system of software products called ‘BlackBerry Secure.’ The company hopes to be the go-to platform companies and governments use to protect their electronic devices from hacks. Other recent acquisitions include secure online document-sharing service Watchdox and AtHoc, a system that lets organisations set up and send emergency alerts to mobile phones.

Last month, BlackBerry said it plans to move away from developing its own devices and reposition itself as an enterprise software player, but CEO John Chen confirmed it has one more “in-house phone” on the way.

Back in June, BlackBerry talked up software gains as its losses spiralled. On a group level, it reported a loss of $670 million for the period to 31 May but excluding IP licensing, it more than doubled its software revenue on a year-over-year basis for the second consecutive quarter, driven by EMM, secure messaging and the QNX embedded software business.

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