BlackBerry Ltd. is looking to ramp up its cybersecurity research and development by today announcing the launch of a new business unit entitled BlackBerry Advanced Technology Development Labs (BlackBerry Labs).
The unit will be headed by BlackBerry’s chief technology officer, Charles Eagan, and will include a team of over 120 software developers, architects, researchers, product leads and security experts.
“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 Eagan in a press release. “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.”
While the overarching scope will be researching and developing security solutions, BlackBerry said initial work will be specifically focused on machine learning approaches to security in partnership with the company’s existing Cylance, Enterprise, and QNX business units.