If one's feeling especially cynical, he might wonder how the notoriously struggling company, entangled in employee lay-offs and unpleasant financial reports, can handle such a massive investment. However, let's not forget that the government and enterprise sectors are still major business opportunities for BlackBerry, and a niche where the company still delivers successful and demanded products. In fact, the company's "four-part survival plan" is largely dependant on establishing its BES 10 enterprise mobility solution and the secure BlackBerry Messenger on the market. As BlackBerry shifts its priorities from consumer to enterprise devices and services, a dedicated facility for security research can go a long way towards cementing its future position.
Furthermore, security is one of the hottest areas of innovation in mobile devices. As fingerprint scanners, and even iris-scanners if we are to believe the rumors from South Korea, become commonplace in high-end smartphones, BlackBerry's focus and expertise could help them gain a leverage in this emerging sector.