The embattled smartphone pioneer, BlackBerry is looking to refocus its strategy on providing core security solutions by the acquisition of Cylance, with the highly rated anti-malware service giving it an edge to cover more verticals.
While BlackBerry offered $1.4 billion dollars for the outright purchase of Cylance, the machine-learning based anti-malware company will be pivotal in the company's drive to provide security for endpoint infrastructures, including automobiles, medical facilities, and critical IoT devices.
Albeit, the company's reputation suffered a huge setback as a result of its early availing of the global decryption key for its consumer devices to the Canadian federal police, and making it possible for them to decrypt text messages sent between BlackBerry handsets.
BlackBerry, however has assured that none of the current enterprise software products will have a global decryption key.
The acquisition of Cylance's anti-malware service is potentially a big win for the company, as the proprietary machine learning technology developed by Cylance is very different from the encryption backdoor it had deployed on its consumer handsets.
But skeptics are concerned about the possibility of another compromise on the part of BlackBerry, as the saying goes that a track record of cooperation by anyone points to possible future cooperation and deliberately created vulnerability will inevitably result to a compromise.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been notorious for demanding such backdoor access from tech companies, with the widely circulated case of the FBI seeking to break into the iPhone of Syed Farook.
Apple CEO, Tim Cook refuted the demand stating that granting a backdoor access to the iPhone for the federal government to access encrypted data would create "chilling" implications that could undermine the privacy of all users.
BlackBerry will have an uphill task in proving to the consumers that it has their security and privacy at heart, and more than just a prove, they'll have to assure them of total safety from the government.