Thursday, November 14, 2013

IBM to Acquire Fiberlink for Cloud-Based Mobile Management and Security

IBM agreed to acquire Fiberlink Communications, a mobile management and security company based in Blue Bell, Pennslyvania, for an undisclosed sum.

Fiberlink's MaaS360 is an enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform encompassing:

  • Mobile Device Management
  • Mobile Application Management
  • Mobile Content Management
  • Secure Mail
  • Secure Browser
  • Mobile Expense Management
  • Laptop Management

IBM said Fiberlink’s MaaS360 cloud-based offerings will enable it to deliver a complete mobile management and security solution via IBM MobileFirst, which includes trusted transactions and security intelligence capabilities for mobile apps, users, content and data.

“In a mobile first world, clients require a comprehensive mobile management and security offering. Often times they integrate solutions on their own and take on unnecessary risk,” said Robert LeBlanc, IBM senior vice president, Middleware Software. “To protect and enhance the complete mobile experience, it’s crucial to secure the app, user, content, data and the transaction. The acquisition of Fiberlink will enable us to offer these expanded capabilities to our clients, making it simple and quick to unlock the full potential of mobility.”

“While the proliferation of mobile devices provides great flexibility and agility for organizations, it also increases the complexity to manage and protect corporate data,” said Jim Sheward, CEO, Fiberlink. “We are looking forward to becoming part of IBM’s strategy to put mobile first and deliver holistic mobile device and app management and security for today’s always-connected workforce.”