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BlackBerry bolsters its IoT security position with $1.4 billion Cylance acquisition

November 19, 2018 / Benjamin Harris

Venerable device-maker BlackBerry is investing heavily in cybersecurity with its purchase of Cylance for $1.4 billion. The acquisition comes as the company tries to bolster security for its BlackBerry Spark "Enterprise of Things" platform. WHY IT MATTERS Cylance, based in Irving, California, uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to apprehend security breaches under a variety of conditions across an entire enterprise. Its technology has proven effective at predicting and preventing known and unknown threats to fixed endpoints, as BlackBerry noted in its acquisition announcement, and its small operating footprint make it ideal for mobile apps. AI and ML are fast becoming ubiquitous across healthcare, especially within security technologies, as cyber worries continue even as a push is made to open up networks and allow patients better access to their data. Such analytics could be crucial in rethinking security approaches for this a new data management landscape.