IBM plans to acquire Fiberlink Communications, a mobile management and security company, with the goal of extending IBM MobileFirst's Management and Security solutions, adding new cloud-based mobile device management, mobile application management, mobile content management, and an enterprise application container. In the area of BYOD, BYOID, and trusted transactions, this move will create a more full spectrum of capabilities to address mobile user needs; IBM recently joined forces with Trusteer to strengthen the ability to secure individual transactions.
You can listen to this blogtalkradio podcast, moments after the announcement, as Fiberlink and IBM executives Wing To, Caleb Barlow, Phil Buckellew, and Chris Clark discuss the Fiberlink solution and how IBM will extend its bring-your-own-device capabilities to deliver a complete mobile management and security solution through IBM MobileFirst.
IBM strategist Vijay Dheap also comments on what the acquisition means for IBM BYOD security capabilities [read blog], including a roundup of four indispensible goals IT security professionals need to address in order to secure the growing world of mobile:
- Manage devices the way you want to.
- Build hardened Android and iOS apps.
- Better understand contextual intelligence in order to better enable access.
- Increase the ability to do business securely via trusted transactions.
Finally, in this 11-minute video, Phil Buckellew and Caleb Barlow take you deeper into what the acquisition means to IBM MobileFirst.