BlackBerry Accelerates EMM Efforts with Latest Acquisition

BlackBerry announced yesterday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire data security company WatchDox Ltd., to further enhance its leading mobile security offering, and give enterprises unrivaled control over their files even after data leaves the corporate network.

WatchDox's technology will become a value-added service to BlackBerry's Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) portfolio, and will be available with BES12, a multi-OS EMM solution which is the foundation for BlackBerry's extensive portfolio of enterprise security, productivity, and communication and collaboration services.

WatchDox is known for providing highly secure enterprise file-sync-and-share (EFSS) solutions that allow users to protect, share and work with their files on any device.

WatchDox security travels with shared files on both mobile and desktop devices to give enterprises full visibility and control over how files are edited, copied, printed or forwarded. The solution also allows users to revoke access or delete files remotely, facilitates secure mobile productivity for repositories both in the cloud and on premise, and gives administrators the ability to lock or remove access to files compromised in the event of a data breach.

The addition of WatchDox will enhance BlackBerry's extensive efforts to help organisations securely connect employees with each other and with corporate information regardless of device or location.

"BlackBerry is constantly expanding the potential of data security so that it enables more collaboration and sharing rather than creating limitations," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "This acquisition represents another key step forward, as we transition BlackBerry into the premier platform for secure mobile communications software and applications, supporting all devices and operating systems. Together with last year's Secusmart acquisition, Samsung partnership, our own internal development efforts, and now the acquisition of WatchDox, we now have capabilities to secure communications end-to-end from voice, text, messaging, data and now enterprise file-sync-and share."

WatchDox works with leading organisations across a variety of industries in which secure collaboration and mobility are paramount, including government, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, law and media.

"Enterprises require secure mobile solutions that enable users to more easily collaborate and increase their productivity. WatchDox meets this need by uniting data-centric security with a user friendly experience that is highly valued by our customers," said Moti Rafalin, CEO and Founder, WatchDox. "The combination of BlackBerry's security leadership and EMM portfolio, with WatchDox technology, will bring the most productive and collaborative mobility solution to organisations that need innovative ways to conduct business securely and efficiently."

This acquisition will form the basis of a new security-focused BlackBerry R&D center in Israel, and is the latest demonstration of the company's commitment to being the first name in enterprise mobile security, following the aforementioned acquisition of Secusmart, a leader in high-security voice and data encryption.

"Sharing data outside the corporate walls can significantly increase workforce productivity, but can open an enterprise to serious financial and reputational risk, if not implemented with the proper control," commented Maribel Lopez, Principal and Founder, Lopez Research. "WatchDox provides this control and truly focuses on data-centric security. Their enterprise file-sync-and-share technology will be an important enhancement to BlackBerry's cross-platform EMM portfolio, as it delivers new capabilities while ensuring the level of security that enterprises have come to expect from BlackBerry."