MWC 2016 LIVE: BlackBerry acquires Encription, talks Microsoft and health

blackberry logoBlackBerry acquired UK security firm Encription, bolstering a move into cybersecurity consulting that was announced here at MWC.

The company has created a Professional CyberSecurity Services practice which will offer organisations consulting services, tools and best practice.

BlackBerry was tight-lipped on the detail of the Encription deal, which closed late last week (19 February).

Talking about the move into consulting, David Kleidermacher, BlackBerry’s chief security officer, said: “We had capabilities internally but now we have launched that practice externally.”

Another announcement involved a partnership with Microsoft that enables BlackBerry to offer secure enterprise solutions via the former’s Azure cloud platform.

The deal means enterprises can opt to install and manage their BES12 deployment through Microsoft’s cloud platform, giving full access to their BES12 licences while benefiting from the Azure architecture – and without having to invest in their own IT infrastructure.

The third, and final, announcement from BlackBerry was the expansion of its existing partnership with Sharecare, a digital health firm. The two have now launched a new channel via BBM, which offers consumers answers on their smartphones to their health questions through expert information from the likes of the American Cancer Society to licensed medical staff.

During the Q&A following the announcements, the company was guarded, declining to offer any updates on its handset business, for instance in terms of plans for more Android devices beyond the Priv. The company instead pointed to an update it made at CES 2016 in January.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

OECD joins with Japan to fight financial crime by establishing new academy

IMF to teach Germany a Greek lesson

Blockchain is becoming key for global trade – but is that a gift for hackers?

How the tech world could make nonprofits a more powerful force

EU consumer rules: Airbnb cooperates with European Commission and EU consumer authorities improving the way it presents offers

The European Union’s road to sustainability – how each EU state is doing

UN chief welcomes South Sudan’s Unity government, lauds parties for ‘significant achievement’

From me to we: COVID-19 heralds a new model of entrepreneurship

Monday’s Daily Brief: the cost of maternal healthcare, Sudan and Chad updates, sustainability in focus

EU Climate Law: MEPs confirm deal on climate neutrality by 2050

Sahel States need international support ‘now more than ever’– UN peacekeeping chief

Nuclear test ban treaty critical to global collective security – UN chief

If airlines were a country they’d be one of the world’s top 10 greenhouse gas emitters

The status of the Code of Medical Ethics: loading

From landlocked to land-linked: how the UN is helping some of the world’s poorest countries

Lagarde’s metamorphoses, not a laughing matter

South African women’s fury at gender-based attacks spills onto the streets

Air pollution: How to end the deaths of 7 million people per year

Bureaucracy in the member states again the obstacle for long due strong European Hedge Funds

What data dominance really means, and how countries can compete

Von der Leyen on Coronavirus Global Response: World stands united against coronavirus and will win

Eurozone: Despite anemic growth and shaky banks marks record trade surplus

Climate change: raise global ambitions to achieve strong outcome at COP26

Coronavirus – here’s the public health advice on how to protect yourself

ECB guarantees the liquidity of the Atlantic financial volume

Chile ups foreign bribery enforcement but flawed case resolutions are insufficient to ensure transparency and accountability

How scientists are turning living cells into the tiny factories of the future

Female leaders in medicine: The wait is over

How the post-COVID workplace will change business for the better

MWC 2016 LIVE: The top 5 themes of this year’s Mobile World Congress

4 ways Africa can prepare its youth for the digital economy

Service and Sacrifice: Malaysian peacekeepers in Lebanon proud to serve their homeland and the United Nations

The future of crypto-assets, from opportunities to policy implications

UN ceasefire monitoring chief tours Yemeni port of Hudaydah

Yemen parties underscore ‘strong desire’ for peace, UN Envoy reports

Your morning cup of coffee contains 140 litres of water

Why sustainable manufacturing makes economic as well as ethical sense

Commission goes less than mid-way on expensive euro

Yanukovych attempts a violent and deadly cleansing of Kiev’s center

‘Hateful attacks’ pushing Sri Lanka backwards, UN advisers warn, urging an end to ‘discriminatory practices’ that feed intolerance

COVID-19: did we prepare for another storm while dust was settling? A tale from world’s largest democracy

Why a global recession isn’t inevitable

How a possible EU budget deficit affects the migration crisis

Half the world’s refugee children not in school, UN agency finds

These are the 4 most likely scenarios for the future of energy

Cyber defence: MEPs call for better European cooperation

More attacks, ‘persisting security challenges’ threaten progress in West Africa, Sahel

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to O2 CZ, CETIN and T-Mobile CZ for their network sharing agreement

How the gig economy can transform farms in the developing world

Intervene, don’t overthink – the new mantra of systems design

Technology and Health: a perfect match

Commission welcomes political agreement on the ESF+

Financial services: Commission sets out its equivalence policy with non-EU countries

IMF: The global economy keeps growing except Eurozone

Berlin’s governing elite leads Eurozone to recession to win the September election in Germany

An economist explains why women are paid less

A common fight against Antimicrobial Resistance: how can we react and what should we do

A profitability roadmap for the fast-changing automotive sector

The organization planting millions of trees in old coal mines

Amidst high trade tensions and policy uncertainty, UN cuts economic growth forecast

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: