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BlackBerry to acquire WatchDox to strengthen data security


BlackBerry has announced to acquire WatchDox, a data security company to enhance its mobile security and give enterprises unmatched control over how their files are edited, copied, printed or forwarded. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WatchDox’s technology will be offered as a value-added service (VAS) that matches BlackBerry’s Enterprise Mobility Management portfolio, and it will be available with BES12, BlackBerry’s multi-OS EMM solution.

Those who are unaware, WatchDox offers a single “point-of-view” for files accessed across multiple devices. It offers the enterprise file-sync-and-share (EFSS) solutions that allow clients to protect, share and work with their files on any device.  The EFSS solution also allows users to reverse access or erase files remotely, permits secure mobile productivity for repositories both in the cloud and on premises, and provides administrators the capacity to lock or remove access to files compromised in a data breach.

“BlackBerry is constantly expanding the potential of data security so that it enables more collaboration and sharing rather than creating limitations,” said John Chen, BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO. “This acquisition represents another key step forward as we transition BlackBerry into the premier platform for secure mobile communications software and applications, supporting all devices and operating systems. Together with last year’s Secusmart acquisition, Samsung partnership, our own internal development efforts, and now the acquisition of WatchDox, we now have capabilities to secure communications end-to-end from voice, text, messaging, data and now enterprise file-sync-and share.”

The acquisition will outspread BlackBerry’s pledge to support organizations securely connect employees with each other and with corporate information across all mobile and desktop platforms.

“Enterprises require secure mobile solutions that enable users to more easily collaborate and increase their productivity. WatchDox meets this need by uniting data-centric security with a user-friendly experience that is highly valued by our customers,” said Moti Rafalin, WatchDox CEO and founder. “The combination of BlackBerry’s security leadership and EMM portfolio with WatchDox technology will bring the most productive and collaborative mobility solution to organizations that need innovative ways to conduct business securely and efficiently.”

It’s worth mentioning that, BlackBerry has more security certifications than any other vendor and BB10 is the only mobility solution to receive “Full Operational Capability” approval to run on U.S. Department of Defense networks.



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