BlackBerry Acquires Encryption, Sets Up Cybersecurity Consulting Service

BlackBerry on Wednesday announced a new 60-person cybersecurity consulting service, which will include staff from its recent acquisition of UK-based Encription Limited.  Encription is a UK-based cybersecurity consulting firm with about 40 employees.

Consultants at Encription have been used by the UK government, and the company has deep technical skills at penetration testing, a technique that mimics the activities of malicious hackers to help make organizations aware of cybersecurity risks.

BlackBerry made the announcements at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The purchase of Encription was completed Feb. 19, but the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The company says the new cybersecurity practice will provide expertise to IT professionals, technical assistance, security for automotive and other connected devices as well as threat detection and response.