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  1. spiller's Avatar
    I like the WatchDox aquisition - be interesting so see what their op ex vs rev is.

    OT: Anyone worried about Greece news this week? I think The troika finally hold their line and let Greece default. That would probably cause a short term global markets correction even if the losses are well contained.
    04-21-15 01:28 PM
  2. anamar_97's Avatar
    This article says WatchDox is based in Palo Alto, CA:
    BlackBerry Buys Palo Alto Networks Partner WatchDox BBRY PANW - Investors.com
    rarsen and zyben like this.
    04-21-15 02:24 PM
  3. BanffMoose's Avatar
    Confimation from BBRY
    BlackBerry to Buy WatchDox -- Update - NASDAQ.com

    The deal gives WatchDox access to BlackBerry's 160 carrier partners to help its boost sales of its file security technology.
    I wonder if the number of carrier partners really fell to 160. Hope not. Back in December 2012, just before the BB10 launch, BlackBerry had 650 carrier partners. (source: http://press.blackberry.com/content/...ss_Release.pdf)

    If it is, BlackBerry lost 77% of their carrier partnerships in the last year or so!
    04-21-15 03:16 PM
  4. zyben's Avatar
    Certicom Launches Managed Certificate Service to Secure Sensor Networks and IoT Applications

    Elliptic Curve Cryptography offers high-end, low-cost protection for millions of smart connected devices

    WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 21, 2015) - Certicom Corp., a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), today announced a new managed public key infrastructure certificate service for connected devices, unleashing the performance of its renowned security technology for a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This cost-effective service will help device manufacturers and service providers secure their IoT networks and ecosystems, ensuring that the devices they connect are known and trusted. The service puts security certificates under Certicom's management, meaning customers can focus more on their core business and less on security infrastructure and management.

    On the week of April 13, Certicom began issuing certificates for the smart meter initiative in the United Kingdom, a market with over 104 million smart meters and home energy management devices that conform to ZigBee Smart Energy specifications. Certicom designed this new managed PKI certificate service to scale up to hundreds of millions of connected devices. Since 2008, Certicom has issued nearly 60 million ZigBee device certificates to secure smart meters and energy management devices worldwide. Members of the ZigBee Alliance use the certificates to enroll devices into a network and protect sensitive data with powerful, efficient Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) from Certicom.

    "Certicom's application security framework implements strong device identity and supports role- and policy-based access control, allowing alliance members to provide customers with an enterprise-grade secure sensor network," said Ryan Maley, Director of Strategic Marketing, ZigBee Alliance. "This announcement further demonstrates Certicom's leadership in Internet of Things security and enables highly secure ZigBee devices for every home and small business in Great Britain."

    "Strong cryptography and entity authentication are the foundation of IoT security," said Jim Alfred, Vice President, BlackBerry Technology Solutions, Certicom. "When you manage remote devices, you need to know that you can trust the devices and that your communications network is secured. Certicom device certificates can provide that assurance. Offering innovations in device security is part of BlackBerry's ongoing mission to be a leading provider of device and application management solutions."

    The Certicom managed PKI certificate service is available to device manufacturers and service providers, whether on the BlackBerry IoT Platform or as part of another connected device ecosystem or private network, with options for Elliptic Curve, hybrid, or legacy RSA-based device certificates.

    Visit Certicom online to learn more about ZigBee Smart Energy device certificates and how to access Certicom security technology.

    Certicom Launches Managed Certificate Service to Secure Sensor Networks and IoT Applications
    04-21-15 03:43 PM
  5. zyben's Avatar
    BlackBerry Advances Security of Mobile and Internet of Things with New High Assurance Initiative
    BlackBerry's Center for High Assurance Computing Excellence unites researchers to target vulnerability prevention
    Marketwired BlackBerry
    23 minutes ago



    WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Apr 21, 2015) - BlackBerry Limited (BBRY)(BB.TO), a global leader in mobile communications, today introduced the BlackBerry Center for High Assurance Computing Excellence (CHACE). The initiative expands the Company's research and development (R&D) efforts to drive worldwide innovation and improvement in computer security.

    "As the number of connected devices multiplies, so do the threats to security and privacy," said Bob Egan, CEO, Sepharim Research Group. "Organizations need to rethink the way they approach security and transition from a reactive posture to one that is proactive and promises the greatest defense against sophisticated cyber attackers."

    The fail-then-patch approach to managing security risk has become a widely accepted practice, even as consumers and enterprises face mounting threats from cyber attackers. CHACE aims to reverse the current paradigm with the development of tools and techniques that deliver a far higher level of security protection than currently available.

    BlackBerry has a long history in high assurance techniques, including rigorous automated testing, deep vulnerability and failure analysis, and formal methods to prove safety and security properties. These competencies have enabled the Company's solutions to achieve a wide range of quality, safety, and security certifications, including:

    Approval of smartphone and Mobile Device Management (MDM) platform for use on U.S. Department of Defense classified networks
    Certification for use in vehicle systems that comply with ISO 26262, up to Automotive Safety Integrity Level D, the highest level achievable
    Compliance to IEC 62304 medical software standard and approval in life-critical medical devices

    CHACE will extend BlackBerry's state-of-the-art competencies in vulnerability prevention and enable the application of high assurance security research to real-world products and services.

    "There's a belief that the key to the world's security issues is to patch faster, but this hamster wheel fails to address the root issue," said David Kleidermacher, Chief Security Officer, BlackBerry. "Systems that require regular patching always contain vulnerabilities unknown to developers, and some of these vulnerabilities are in fact known by would-be attackers. It's clear we must build systems that are provably devoid of security flaws. The software and security engineering required to meet this objective is sadly rare today and must become commonplace. CHACE is BlackBerry's initiative towards this goal, and we welcome all who wish to join the fight."




    More

    Key collaborators with CHACE include academic institutions as well as industry groups that share BlackBerry's commitment to high assurance practices. For example, CHACE will collaborate with the healthcare community to address security and privacy concerns for next-generation wireless medical devices and applications.

    A number of leading organizations have already expressed support for CHACE.

    "Next-generation mHealth systems and Internet of Things devices, such as the artificial pancreas for people with diabetes, can dramatically improve quality of life. However, these wireless devices are inhibited from realizing their full potential by an insufficient assurance of security and privacy afforded by current commercial development practices," said David Klonoff, M.D., President, Diabetes Technology Society and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. "BlackBerry is assisting Diabetes Technology Society to foster the high assurance security processes and standards needed to turn promise into reality for patients with diabetes and other diseases."

    "Cybersecurity education and applied research is a priority at Cal Poly," said Debra Larson, Ph.D., Dean, College of Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. "The school's new Cybersecurity Center reflects our goal to be at the forefront of preparing the next generation of engineers to ensure the safety of cyberspace in our technologically interconnected world – as well as enhance the user experience of navigating that world. BlackBerry's Center for High Assurance Computing Excellence is creating exciting new opportunities for university and industry collaborations on this new frontier of innovation, economic activity and security."

    "Given the challenges we face in a modern society that increasingly relies on computing, I believe that establishing a research center focusing on high assurance software is timely and visionary," said Tevfik Bultan, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Director, Computing Verification Lab (VLab), University of California, Santa Barbara. "I strongly support BlackBerry's Center for High Assurance Computing Excellence."

    "I commend BlackBerry for its CHACE initiative, which gives participants the opportunity to collaborate on solutions that attack critical security challenges," said Daniel Kroening, Professor of Computer Science, University of Oxford.

    "BlackBerry and the University of Waterloo enjoy a strong partnership that has served as the foundation for groundbreaking research," said Dave Dietz, Director, Engineering Research, University of Waterloo. "The BlackBerry Center for High Assurance Computing Excellence will be another avenue for us to collaborate on projects critical to secure computing and introduce new technologies to the world."

    Organizations interested in joining CHACE can sign up for more information at The BlackBerry Advantage ? Corporate & BYOD security - United States. To learn more about BlackBerry security, visit The BlackBerry Advantage ? Corporate & BYOD security - United States.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/blackb...ons&soc_trk=tw
    Last edited by zyben; 04-21-15 at 04:09 PM.
    04-21-15 03:57 PM
  6. Corbu's Avatar
    04-21-15 04:14 PM
  7. Corbu's Avatar
    James E Faucette's (MS) take on today's news:

    BlackBerry Ltd

    April 21, 2015

    BlackBerry Starts Down the Inorganic Path Towards Software Revenue Targets

    BBRY announced the acquisition of WatchDox Tues AM, a company focused on mobile content security. We would expect smaller acquisitions like this to continue as the company continues to work to achieve their $600mm software/messaging targets through a combination of organic & inorganic activity.

    Acquiring revenue to make software revenue targets. BBRY stated for the first time on their Q4 earnings call that their previously stated $600mm messaging / software revenue target for FY16 would be achieved through organic and inorganic means (see note). The announced acquisition of WatchDox Tuesday (estimated ~$20mm of revenue in 2014, growing quickly) is the first inorganic step in bridging the gap between the ~$250mm in software revenue the company achieved in FY15 and the $600mm it hopes to achieve in FY16. We would expect acquisition activity to continue, as the company has stated it is comfortable taking its cash balance down to $2.5bn from $3.2bn ($1.5bn net) today.

    Company helps build out BES12 EMM solution. WatchDox is a mobile data security company, giving enterprises control and visibility of data and files when that content is accessed remotely. They have a long list of customers across all major verticals, including many blue chip names. WatchDox will continue for now to be sold separately, but will soon be incorporated into the BES 12 EMM solution, boosting the content security offering part of their offering. The transaction is expected to close in the next few weeks.

    Valuation seems reasonable, M&A discipline to date appears sound. The WatchDox acquisition terms were not released, but are reportedly well south of the $150mm initially whispered and probably in the $70mm range. Given the est rev of the company, this implies a 3-4x rev acquisition price, well south of current security software valuations (5-10x). In combination with 2014 acquisitions of Movirtu and Secusmart (estimated to be acquired in the same mult range), the company has exercised discipline in their pursuit of assets. While the company has been disciplined to date, in order to achieve their $600mm FY16 software/messaging targets, they likely need to acquire another $120mm of revenue, something that could grow increasingly expensive if acquisitions of size are made.

    Remain Underweight with $7 PT. While the company has been disciplined in making acquisitions, acquisitions of assets that are in the 3-4x revenue range (with no earnings) are dilutive to the current valuation (~2x rev). We would note that the current valuation at ~$10/share is giving credit for the cash on the balance sheet and achievement of the $600mm revenue targets (and far more), which is only reasonable if they can acquire assets for significantly less than 2x revenue, something they are unlikely to be able to accomplish. We continue to believe the company is preserving assets and hence optionality well, and that an implied EV of $2.5bn at $7 on a the company eventually (2-4 years) being able to build a $600mm/yr software and messaging business seems reasonable to us. However, it increasingly looks like they will have to acquire revenue to reach those targets (at dilutive multiples).
    awindsr, zyben, 3MIKE and 3 others like this.
    04-21-15 04:16 PM
  8. rarsen's Avatar
    OT from the Related Technologies and Security files. Apple continues to have security problems, could use help

    Apple failed to fix "rootpipe" backdoor flaw, researcher warns | ZDNet
    The bug should've been squashed in the latest update of OS X 10.10.3, but researchers say it persists. Every Mac is at risk from this "backdoor" bug.
    04-21-15 04:26 PM
  9. Corbu's Avatar
    https://www.blackberrycentral.com/ne...our-roundup-8/

    Rumour

    BlackBerry Oslo is Passport 2

    Source

    Yibada, TechRadar, Gizbot, Forums, etc.

    Confirmations

    When we first showed you the BlackBerry Oslo - the information that went alongside was clearly outlined; or at least we thought.

    To make things clear, be sure to read the following points about the device:

    • BlackBerry Oslo is NOT a Passport 2 / Successor
    • Oslo maintains very similar internal hardware as the Passport
    • Oslo is aimed at Asian markets, and could potentially see a global rollout
    • Oslo is due out in June, with an OS version of 10.3.2

    It's not uncommon for publishers to play a game of Telephone when reposting content. It's also not uncommon for them to remove sourcing, or even remove branding and watermarks for their own publishing advantages.

    We'll have to see where the Oslo ends up, and hopefully more details will emerge as we get closer to June.
    04-21-15 04:50 PM
  10. Corbu's Avatar
    For our French speaking friends.

    BlackBerry Leap unboxing

    04-21-15 04:53 PM
  11. Soumaila Somtore's Avatar
    The NSA is Certicom Client!!!
    So you know who to trust for your Data security!
    [QUOTE=zyben;11579407]Certicom Launches Managed Certificate Service to Secure Sensor Networks and IoT Applications

    Elliptic Curve Cryptography offers high-end, low-cost protection for millions of smart connected devices

    WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 21, 2015) - Certicom Corp., a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), today announced a new managed public key infrastructure certificate service for connected devices, unleashing the performance of its renowned security technology for a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This cost-effective service will help device manufacturers and service providers secure their IoT networks and ecosystems, ensuring that the devices they connect are known and trusted. The service puts security certificates under Certicom's management, meaning customers can focus more on their core business and less on security infrastructure and management.
    rarsen, CDM76, morganplus8 and 7 others like this.
    04-21-15 05:03 PM
  12. chrysaurora's Avatar
    James E Faucette's (MS) take on today's news:
    He maintains $7! what a joke.
    04-21-15 05:09 PM
  13. Soumaila Somtore's Avatar
    To me as long as the stock doesn't fall like a rock I am happy, to me the moves that JC is doing will pay one day and the stock will stuck a rocket to is bu... and fly high along with us believers! let's keep our patience and GL to all of us.
    BlackBerry just acquired another company and it our stock isn't going up. That's a shame. A company that was on verge of going bankrupt won't go around acquiring other companies! Shouldn't wall-street react positively to it?
    3MIKE, CDM76, Corbu and 3 others like this.
    04-21-15 05:28 PM
  14. BanffMoose's Avatar
    On the week of April 13, Certicom began issuing certificates for the smart meter initiative in the United Kingdom, a market with over 104 million smart meters and home energy management devices that conform to ZigBee Smart Energy specifications. Certicom designed this new managed PKI certificate service to scale up to hundreds of millions of connected devices. Since 2008, Certicom has issued nearly 60 million ZigBee device certificates to secure smart meters and energy management devices worldwide. Members of the ZigBee Alliance use the certificates to enroll devices into a network and protect sensitive data with powerful, efficient Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) from Certicom.
    Hmm that might put Zigbee smart locks back on my radar. Faint blip, but good to know. Thanks!
    04-21-15 05:42 PM
  15. _dimi_'s Avatar
    Soooo... as James Faucette was quick to come out with his update, I thought I'd post a few of my personal observations:

    1. The more I delve myself into the tech sector, the more I discover that there are not just a few, but MANY companies out there offering products and services that I had never heard of before.. and apparently these offerings (often unsexy.. but pretty darn important to their clients) justify >10 billion dollar market caps for each of these (to me) unknown companies. How cool is that!?

    2. Now, BBRY might not move much on a day like this. But does anyone remember how Samsung stock reacted when they supposedly had a plan to take over BlackBerry for 13,5 - 15 dollars per share? Yes, that's right, it went up nicely.. 4% intraday if I remember correctly. I'm sure this is something the Samsung board would pay close attention to. Now, today for instance, this particular article caught my eye:

    BlackBerry Buys Palo Alto Networks Partner WatchDox BBRY PANW - Investors.com

    Palo Alto Networks shot up 5,5% on the news, on high volume. They're now a 12,7 billion dollar company. Now, does anyone know what Palo Alto Networks (PANW) actually do, and why companies with a higher market cap than BlackBerry react better to news in which BlackBerry actually plays a leading (positive) role? Shouldn't BlackBerry.. in the ideal world.. do (at least) just as good?

    3. Although many have seen it before, I encourage everyone to read this interview again: http://www.aktiencheck.de/nyse_magaz...icle-1_a765890

    By no means is JC done acquiring. If anyone here (Corbu? ) can find the particular interview in which JC explained the interaction he had with his CFO at Sybase before deciding to take one huge bet on a takeover... I'll buy him or her a beer at our 25 billion dollar market cap party, because that's where I hope it will go over the next few years!

    4. And to James Faucette, I hope he reads this blog post:
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/best-...llie-krawcheck
    04-21-15 07:16 PM
  16. Corbu's Avatar
    Great post _dimi_!

    I will try and hunt it down...
    3MIKE, sidhuk, bungaboy and 6 others like this.
    04-21-15 07:59 PM
  17. Supa_Fly1's Avatar
    BlackBerry just acquired another company and it our stock isn't going up. That's a shame. A company that was on verge of going bankrupt won't go around acquiring other companies! Shouldn't wall-street react positively to it?
    I've sent it several times before and I'll continue to say it until BlackBerry gets it.

    "If it don't make dollars, it don't make sense!"

    BlackBerry is a bread and butter company now. This acquisition until finalised and realised into dollars and sense has no real world bearing for a company that no longer can generate enthusiasm or global interest into its products and services just cause of acquisitions or when their CEO speaks. Well maybe to us fans but not to the general public who's investments are handled by the very fund investment managers, etc, that short the stuck to in excess of $10K per quarter doing so.

    Cases to prove my point:

    BlackBerry last 2 quarters informed investors that service revenues would have a mildly to significant dive as the older BBOS devices generated less activations and thus less service revenues from providers. It mention minimization of BBM and new BES services revenue streams coming on end of February 2015. The market responded appropriately.

    - this was mulled by great news of SecuSmart completed acquisition as many governments Herrera already paying customers of older BB10 devices and their services along with SecuSmart = doubling up on revenue from services. This made dollars and sense for the acquisition.

    Trail of BES10 CAS licenses given out for free to bait and hook companies into trying a proven platform evolved is now showing revenues as their now paying and already satisfied customers and we'll ahead of ALL the competition. Again this makes purse dollars and sense.

    Add BES12 launch to the mix with ratified licensing announcement that is further clear as the lowest total cost of ownership from both an EMM+Product+Services offering (on all or each individual count)!

    So why isn't today's announcement not negative?
    Hate to say it but Apples upcoming quarterly announcement in 5 days(?) means higher devices sold the more likely BlackBerry will have them in BES10/12 and thus more CAS licenses and thus more revenues alongside that today acquisition has a very large health industry client that will coincide with BlackBerry's AnandHealth partnership.

    So until THIS acquisition turns out as an offering in their platform, a large competitor to Iron Mountain or Citric or other online secure storage competitors for the enterprise or corporate space... then it is NOT making dollars and sense since its privately held! Not enough publicly available information other than what this company does vs makes as revenue against total operations and other expenses... in order to make....

    Dollars & Sense!

    Posted using CB10 via Z10
    laketrout73 likes this.
    04-21-15 08:11 PM
  18. leafs123's Avatar
    I like the WatchDox aquisition - be interesting so see what their op ex vs rev is.

    OT: Anyone worried about Greece news this week? I think The troika finally hold their line and let Greece default. That would probably cause a short term global markets correction even if the losses are well contained.
    I hope not! I took a gamble on NBG and we shall see how this plays out!
    04-21-15 10:04 PM
  19. Bacon Munchers's Avatar
    Hey guys !

    I went to the official Leap launch here in France...
    Hey SF,

    Be on the look out!
    I received a security briefing regarding the Leap event in France.
    In short, the authorities are looking for this man found fondling BlackBerry Leaps:


    The BBRY Café.  [Formerly: I support BBRY and I buy shares]-sff.jpg

    This picture was caught on the camera system when this man (posing as a wrestler?) sat down to ask a series of questions regarding the future of BlackBerry.
    04-21-15 10:19 PM
  20. spiller's Avatar
    I hope not! I took a gamble on NBG and we shall see how this plays out!
    Looks like they are getting a reprieve for a few more weeks...no more end of April deadline. That works for me. Keep BBRY moving to top of channel.

    OT: I like the news today for Oil to go down tomorrow.
    04-21-15 10:28 PM
  21. sailpgd's Avatar
    I have a dumb question that I think Superfly may be able to answer. Why is BES 12 superior to the competitors? What are the main differentiators?

    I am try to convince my dad's company (about 30 employees) to go with BES 12.

    Posted via CB10
    04-21-15 11:07 PM
  22. kfh227's Avatar
    Oil going down? I want it to go back to $80 asap.

    Posted via CB10
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    04-21-15 11:43 PM
  23. bungaboy's Avatar
    BlackBerry launches CHACE initiative to bridge gap between security tech in defence and consumers

    BlackBerry launches CHACE initiative to bridge gap between security tech in defence and consumers

    David Kleidermacher, BlackBerry's new Chief Security Officer who joined a few months ago with decades of experience in high assurance security for US defence and government agencies and flight control software for commercial airliners is pushing a new BlackBerry Centre for High Assurance Computing Excellence (CHACE). The initiative is all about expanding BlackBerry's research and development (R&D) efforts alongside industry and academic research in the area of high assurance for vulnerability prevention, to drive worldwide innovation and improvement in computer security. CHACE would not be run from inside BlackBerry but would be an independent testing organisation supported by BlackBerry, academia, industry bodes, and perhaps other vendors if things go as per BlackBerry's plans. The end-goal is that devices, applications, etc, would be certified for high assurance by CHACE as part of a service delivered by CHACE.

    In a press conference in San Francisco on the sidelines of the RSA Conference focused on security technology, Kleidermacher mentioned that the current inability to manage massive complexity in software combined with trends like IoT and the pervasiveness of cyber attackers, meant that the answer didn't lie in just pushing businesses to patch faster, but in building products devoid of vulnerabilities from the ground up. He explained that while this was already happening in defence projects, for commercial jets, NASA's space shuttle, etc, it had not been done at scale and was also very expensive, costing nearly a thousand US dollars per line of code to ensure high assurance, while in the general business space, it took mostly a few dollars to a maximum of a hundred dollars and where high assurance was therefore usually ignored in the quest to maintain lower cost.

    “As the number of connected devices multiplies, so do the threats to security and privacy,” said Bob Egan, CEO, Sepharim Research Group. “Organizations need to rethink the way they approach security and transition from a reactive posture to one that is proactive and promises the greatest defence against sophisticated cyber attackers.”

    BlackBerry's answer is CHACE, which aims to reverse the current paradigm with the development of tools and techniques that deliver a far higher level of security protection than currently available and at a reasonable cost. CHACE will extend BlackBerry’s globally respected competencies in vulnerability prevention and enable the application of high assurance security research to real-world products and services. How would this work? One example that Kleidermacher gave was of the possibility of drug delivery for diabetes patients through wireless devices, which is the US FDA is currently dead against because there is no organisation that has set a standard against which prospective technology developers and healthcare providers can be benchmarked, and the FDA is loathe to go ahead without being 100 percent sure of the safety and fail-proof capability of such technology for humans.

    “Next-generation mHealth systems and Internet of Things devices, such as the artificial pancreas for people with diabetes, can dramatically improve quality of life. However, these wireless devices are inhibited from realizing their full potential by an insufficient assurance of security and privacy afforded by current commercial development practices,” said David Klonoff, M.D., President, Diabetes Technology Society and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. “BlackBerry is assisting Diabetes Technology Society to foster the high assurance security processes and standards needed to turn promise into reality for patients with diabetes and other diseases.”

    Kleidermacher said that most of such high assurance vulnerability prevention research was in academia which found it difficult to build a business case and hence BlackBerry was kick-starting the effort to build CHACE as an independent testing organisation.

    BlackBerry claims a number of academic institutions have already expressed support for CHACE, according to excerpts from a BlackBerry press release below. However, Kleidermacher refused to name any vendors that were showing interest in the CHACE initiative.

    "Cybersecurity education and applied research is a priority at Cal Poly,” said Debra Larson, Ph.D., Dean, College of Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. “The school’s new Cybersecurity Centre reflects our goal to be at the forefront of preparing the next generation of engineers to ensure the safety of cyberspace in our technologically interconnected world – as well as enhance the user experience of navigating that world. BlackBerry’s Centre for High Assurance Computing Excellence is creating exciting new opportunities for university and industry collaborations on this new frontier of innovation, economic activity and security."

    “Given the challenges we face in a modern society that increasingly relies on computing, I believe that establishing a research centre focusing on high assurance software is timely and visionary,” said Tevfik Bultan, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Director, Computing Verification Lab (VLab), University of California, Santa Barbara. “I strongly support BlackBerry’s Centre for High Assurance Computing Excellence.”

    “I commend BlackBerry for its CHACE initiative, which gives participants the opportunity to collaborate on solutions that attack critical security challenges,” said Daniel Kroening, Professor of Computer Science, University of Oxford. “BlackBerry and the University of Waterloo enjoy a strong partnership that has served as the foundation for groundbreaking research,” said Dave Dietz, Director, Engineering Research, University of Waterloo. “The BlackBerry Centre for High Assurance Computing Excellence will be another avenue for us to collaborate on projects critical to secure computing and introduce new technologies to the world.”
    rarsen, Corbu, W Hoa and 8 others like this.
    04-22-15 09:34 AM
  24. DaSchwantz's Avatar
    James E Faucette's (MS) take on today's news:
    Soooo...the acquisition was done at a good price to sales ratio compared to the average in the space, but will hurt bbry share price because the ratio is even lower!? Ummm, doesn't that just tell you that bbry sp is grossly undervalued? Duh.

    Posted via CB10
    04-22-15 10:01 AM
  25. W Hoa's Avatar
    And this from Engadget

    Say what you will about BlackBerry's current state of affairs, but in its heyday it was workplace no-brainer because of its then-unparalleled security systems. Well, the Canadian company has plans to make that work in its favor with an encryption certificate based on subsidiary Certicom's elliptic-curved cryptography.

    As Reuters reports, this could secure numerous devices ranging from connected car systems to smart meters -- ease of security and authentication are the name of the game here. In fact, the outfit's already netted some support from across the pond with a contract that'll cover some 104 million household energy management gizmos and smart meters in Britain.

    BlackBerry also wants to beef up its research and development that could improve on computer data security. So in case you were wondering what the company formerly known as Research in Motion's been up to, now you know.
    Blackberry wants to lock down security for the Internet of Things
    04-22-15 10:13 AM
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