When IBM announced last week it will soon acquire FiberLink, a maker of cloud-based mobile-device-management technology and the MaaS360 product, the news may have been interesting to privacy professionals on its own, drawing attention to a tech provider that will now have access to IBM’s much larger resources in attempting to solve a problem, in BYOD, with which many struggle. However, the buy is part of what IBM Director of Mobile Security Caleb Barlow called a “string of pearls” that includes the acquisition of Trustseer and the creation of a “cybersecurity software lab” in Israel, staffed with 200-plus researchers who will focus on mobile and application security and privacy. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Sam Pfeifle talks with Barlow about what IBM sees as the “Holy Grail” of mobile device management.
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