BlackBerry has set up a research lab focusing on cybersecurity research. The company said the BlackBerry Labs unit led by CTO Charles Eagan will include over 120 software architects, developers, researchers, product leads and security experts. The group will work to identify, explore and create new technologies to “ensure BlackBerry is on the cutting edge of security innovation.”
The company says that the initial projects from BlackBerry Labs will focus on leveraging machine learning for security. This research will be part of a partnership with BlackBerry’s existing Cylance, Enterprise and QNX business groups.
Before the first iPhone came to market, BlackBerry was the dominant force in early smartphones. Devices with the company’s name still exists as a licensing deal with TCL Corporation, but BlackBerry no longer manufactures devices. For some time now the company has focused mainly building on security software and the IoT devices.
“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,” said Charles Eagan. “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.”
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