BlackBerry Appoints New Chief Security Officer

New CTO David Kleidermacher will be responsible for maintaining BlackBerry’s secure enterprise mobility business.

Mobile device makerBlackBerry (BBRY) has appointed David Kleidermacher as its new chief security officer. In his role, Kleidermacher will be responsible for ensuring the success of BlackBerry’s Product Security organization and driving the company’s initiatives in secure enterprise mobility.

Kleidermacher will also oversee BlackBerry’s security-specific research and product development as well as the company’s product certification and approval program, according to the announcement.

“David is an outstanding addition to our best-in-class security team, and he will help extend BlackBerry’s gold standard of security as we work with customers to meet new cybersecurity challenges,” said John Chen, executive chairman and CEO of BlackBerry, in a statement. “In particular, David’s knowledge of securing the Internet of Things and embedded systems will be invaluable as we execute on our strategy and continue to expand our management of the world’s mobile endpoints.”

Kleidermacher is a 20-year veteran of the IT industry, and most recently served as chief technology officer (CTO) at Green Hills Software, an operating systems and embedded development solutions provider.  He also spent several years as CTO for INTEGRITY Global Security, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Just last month, Reuters reported that Samsung planned to acquire BlackBerry to the tune of $7.5 billion, but both companies quickly denied the claim.

BlackBerry completed its own acquisition of German data theft and anti-eavesdropping solution provider Secusmart in early January, with the goal of strengthening its secure enterprise mobility portfolio and end-to-end security solutions.

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