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Some 20 years ago, I was outfitted with a BlackBerry device, and it was the first time I could get e-mail from the road. But it wasn’t the built-in keyboard that made that device so special. It was really the fact that my organization’s IT department trusted the BlackBerry security model so deeply, I could use my device to access sensitive corporate information.
BlackBerry’s mission hasn’t changed. But now, that security emphasis is used to secure some 500 million endpoints — including cars — produced by various companies.
That’s why higher education has rediscovered BlackBerry. The university IT organization trusts the company to keep
devices secure, whether they’re owned by the institution or individual people — students, staff or faculty.
And now, without having to use a college-owned device that navigates through the college-owned firewall, users can once again be liberated, just like we were two decades ago, when we first got a taste of the freedom allowed by mobility.
Chris Russo is the director of sales for education and state and local government at BlackBerry. Previously, he served as enterprise sales manager for AI cybersecurity company Cylance, which was acquired by BlackBerry in 2019.

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