- BlackBerry announced Tuesday it will partner with Zimperium Inc. to provide anti-hacking software for iOS and Android devices.
- BlackBerry's enterprise sales force will resell Zimperium's zIPS mobile threat protection application to its mobile device management services customers, the companies said in a joint statement.
- Zimperium's zIPS anti-hacking application protects against device, network and application mobile attacks.
Protecting mobile devices is an increasing concern as businesses work to provide mobile or remote employees more immediate access to company data.
Startup Zimperium gained notoriety last year when it discovered a major Android bug called Stagefright, which made it possible for hackers to attack Android phones simply by sending a text message. An estimated that 95% of Android users across the globe were subject to the vulnerability. As mobile devices grow increasingly popular, consumers and businesses alike become more vulnerable to bugs such as Stagefright.
BlackBerry has been struggling the last several years, and its executives hope the shift to security can help. The company has made a number of software and services acquisitions over the last year, most of which have been cybersecurity focused. With its broad customer base, BlackBerry is working to reemerge as a key provide in the security space, particularly when it comes to mobile.