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Cylance offers products and services that predict and prevent cybersecurity attacks, as opposed to merely detecting the enactment of such threats, and describes itself as having "redefined endpoint security," working with clients worldwide including health related organisations such as Phoenix Children's Hospital and Apria Healthcare for example.
 
A communications platform called Spark has been developed by BlackBerry which it calls an EoT (Enterprise of Things) platform for "Ultra-secure hyperconnectivity," and is designed for use by original equipment manufacturers, enterprises and individuals with care taken to address the issue of security compliance in certain industries and boasting "making military-grade security easy and intuitive to use."

A recent Blackberry press release announced that Cylance, who produce endpoint protection through artificial intelligence-based malware prevention as well as threat hunting, automated detection and response, and expert security services, will be acquired wholly by BlackBerry. 
 
Three specific plans for the company are described in the press release namely: Wide spread next-generation machine learning within their portfolio, integrated solutions to intelligently protect endpoints, both fixed and mobile and embeddable artificial intelligence for Spark.  
 
John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry is quoted in this press release as saying: “Cylance’s leadership in artificial intelligence and cybersecurity will immediately complement our entire portfolio, UEM and QNX in particular. We are very excited to onboard their team and leverage our newly combined expertise,” and  “We believe adding Cylance’s capabilities to our trusted advantages in privacy, secure mobility, and embedded systems will make BlackBerry Spark indispensable to realizing the Enterprise of Things.”  

While Stuart McClure, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Cylance is quoted as adding: “Our highly skilled cybersecurity workforce and market leadership in next-generation endpoint solutions will be a perfect fit within BlackBerry where our customers, teams and technologies will gain immediate benefits from BlackBerry’s global reach,” and “We are eager to leverage BlackBerry’s mobility and security strengths to adapt our advanced AI technology to deliver a single platform.”
 
Healthcare organisations can currently choose Blackberry mobile solutions relating to, for example, clinical collaboration, hospital and staff coordination, mobile healthcare (including the capture of health information with peripheral wearables and biometric monitors) and homecare (including access to clinical data). Moving forwards additional investment in security may positively impact Blackberry's contribution to the healthcare industry where already 7 of 13 Fortune 500 healthcare providers are powered by BlackBerry software according to their healthcare pages. 
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