BlackBerry Acquires Data Security Firm WatchDox

BlackBerry, the Canadian-based mobile communications company announced on Tuesday that it enters into an agreement to acquire data security firm WatchDox Ltd, to advance its mobile security so that enterprises will have an unmatched control over their data even beyond their corporate network. WatchDox will be offered as a value-added service which works with Enterprise Mobility Management portfolio.

WatchDox will be available with BlackBerry’s multi-OS solution, as well as with BES12. BES12 is BlackBerry’s foundation for its extensive range of services for productivity.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen says acquiring WatchDox means the security of data in BlackBerry extends to file-sharing. The mobile firm says its agreement with Watchdox Ltd is aimed to enhance shared file security.

WatchDox is a data security business, a player in the enterprise file-sync-and-share, a crowded market itself. It has headquarters in Palo Alto, California and a research and development facilities in Petah Tikva, Israel. The company offers organizations control over how their data are copied, edited, printed, or sent from desktop or mobile devices. It likewise allows administrators to remove or lock access to files comprised in the event of data breach.

Lopez Research Founder Maribel Lopez said that information sharing outside of the corporate walls can dramatically increase the productivity of the workforce, while it makes the enterprise vulnerable to reputational and financial risk, if in the absence of proper control. WatchDox focuses on controls of enterprise security and offers various deployment models, such as a hybrid solution and virtual appliance SaaS.

WatchDox security offerings also include encryption, management of digital rights, revocation and tracking. It has more than 150 in its client list, with names from Fortune 1000. WatchDox serves healthcare, government, manufacturing, media, law, and financial services companies. Its competitors include Dropbox,, and many EFSS solutions, such as big names Microsoft, Citrix, and Google.

Enterprises require a secure mobile solution so that users will easily collaborate for more productivity. WatchDox combines data-centric security with a user-friendly interface which its customers value, according to Watchdox Founder and CEO Moti Rafalin. He added that incorporating WatchDox’s technology into BlackBerry’s security leadership and EMM collection will result to more collaborative and productive solution to companies that need innovative ways to operate efficiently and securely.

BlackBerry’s acquisition of data security firm WatchDox is part of its effort to enhance its services for enterprises, which is the company’s promising area of growth. The WatchDox technology will be available with its enterprise server software.

In a news release, Chen said BlackBerry is always expanding its data security for more collaboration and sharing, rather than being subject to limitations. BlackBerry is said to take over Watchdox’s research centre in Israel as well. Having WatchDox will improve the company’s commitment, so that organizations can connect to their employees more securely with each other, along with corporate data across both desktop and mobile platforms.

BlackBerry acquiring data security firm WatchDox is not its first move to enhance the security of its data. Last year, it acquired Secusmart, a German company that offers high-level data and voice encryption. Secusmart introduced a new high-security tablet earlier this year.

By Judith Aparri

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