National Cyber Security Alliance adds BlackBerry to their ranks

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BlackBerry got a start in the enterprise sector where security and privacy were major concerns for entities that were looking for mobile communications platforms. Over the years, BlackBerry has earned over 70 different government certifications or approvals which is more than any other mobile vendor. With this strong background in mobile security, BlackBerry seems like a natural fit for the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), but they are only just now joining according to an announcement made today.

NCSA’s executive director Micheal Kaiser says the organization welcomes “the unique perspective that BlackBerry brings to the NCSA, and we look forward to working with BlackBerry to solve  cybersecurity challenges, particularly as they relate to mobility and the Internet of Things.” Meanwhile, BlackBerry’s Edward Hearst, vice president of U.S. Government Business Development, says BlackBerry hopes to share “knowledge and insights to further advance efforts to ensure that the mobile experience is safe and secure for users, no matter what devices they have or information they access.”

source: National Cyber Security Alliance (PR)

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