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IBM boosts BYOD security with Fiberlink buy

Posted: 27 Dec 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IBM  Fiberlink  BYOD  cloud-based service  mobile security 

IBM has recently acquired Fiberlink that is geared to strengthen its position as a mobile services provider. Fiberlink is a privately held software developer whose MaaS360, a product name used interchangeably with Fiberlink, now extends IBM's Mobile First set of cloud-based services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Fiberlink is a cloud-based service that lets companies manage and secure corporate data on their employees' personal handsets when they are used for work. The service protects the "integrity of transactions" by distinguishing between personal and corporate data on a device and keeping the latter in a secure "container," said Caleb Barlow, director of applications, data, and mobile security at IBM.

"Mobile will be the way most of the planet will interact with the Internet [and] it also opens the door to the Internet of Things," said Barlow. "We're dealing with billions and billions of interconnected endpoints, which requires a different security posture. That's why we acquired Fiberlink," he said.

The Fiberlink deal follows the acquisition earlier this year of Trusteer, whose software looks for malware and for signs of malicious activity on a device. IBM is blending the software from both acquisitions into its Mobile First Solutions offering.

"It makes us the only vendor that can protect a BYOD [bring your own device] environment and also protect the integrity of transactions that are going to take place outside of that [corporate] container," he said.

Barlow claims IBM's Mobile First service could create an environment even more secure than that of the traditional enterprise notebook. That's in part because traditional laptops "don't have the ability to protect applications or transactions," he said. "If we can make mobile safe by protecting the integrity of transactions, we have the opportunity to open up the mobile use case and reduce the resistance to mobile," he added.

- Zewde Yeraswork
  EE Times

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