IBM to Buy Mobile Mgmt and Security Provider Fiberlink; Robert LeBlanc Comments

IBMIBM (NYSE: IBM) has agreed to buy mobile management and security provider Fiberlink Communications for an undisclosed amount as part of efforts to help companies secure mobile transactions with customers.

Fiberlink’s MaaS360 cloud-based technologies will be integrated into IBM’s bring-your-own-device services such as trusted transactions and intelligence technologies through IBM MobileFirst, IBM said Wednesday.

Robert LeBlanc, IBM senior vice president of middleware software, said the company intends for the acquisition to help clients secure app, user, content and data in mobile transactions.

IBM plans to use the MaaS360 offerings to provide customers with mobile device management, mobile content management and mobile application management services intended to aid in segregating personal data from organizational data on mobile devices.

The MaaS360 technology will also be combined with the IBM Endpoint Manager system in order to consolidate how organizations manage laptops, desktops, servers and mobile devices.

The Fiberlink buy is scheduled to complete in late 2013 pending regulatory approval and IBM intends to offer MaaS360 via SoftLayer’s cloud infrastructure.

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