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BlackBerry Launches New Cybersecurity R&D Unit

BlackBerry on Monday announced the launch of BlackBerry Advanced Technology Development Labs, a new business unit focusing on cybersecurity research and development.

The new BlackBerry Labs will be led by the company’s CTO, Charles Eagan, and it will be run by a team of more than 120 researchers, developers, security experts, architects and product leads.BlackBerry launches new cybersecurity unit

BlackBerry Labs will focus on data science and machine learning, specifically their use for improving security, safety and privacy. The new unit’s initial projects will look into machine learning in partnership with the company’s Cylance, QNX and Enterprise units.

“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,” Eagan noted.

He added, “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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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.