BlackBerry today has officially announced a new business unit focused on cybersecurity research and development. BlackBerry Advanced Technology Development Labs (BlackBerry Labs) will be headed up by CTO Charles Eagan and include 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 Charles Eagan, BlackBerry CTO. "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."
Initial projects to be handled by BlackBerry Labs are noted to be focused on machine learning approaches to security across BlackBerry's various business units including BlackBerry Cylance, BlackBerry Enterprise, and BlackBerry QNX. As part of the announcement, BlackBerry CTO Charles Eagan sat down with BNN Bloomberg for an interview, you can catch that below.