HMD Global, the home of modern Nokia phones, acquired assets of cybersecurity firm Valona Labs and will be launching a new Center of Excellence in Tampere, Finland. The latest move will pave the way for the transition of HMD from pure hardware business to a combined hardware and services company. The company aims to improve upon its services such as HMD Connect and other processes that build upon its reputation as a global leader in smartphone software updates and security.
The new Centre of Excellence in Tampere will specialize in software, security, and services. HMD has a good track record when it comes to delivering timely software updates and, bolstering its security team should help in keeping that service possible for the future. This performance is backed up by Counterpoint’s research, wherein HMD is the fastest brand to deliver OS updates; covering 94% of its portfolio. Aside from software and security updates, the R&D effort will also blanket a broader scope such as remote device locking, enterprise mobility management, mobile device software security, secure network communication, and black box testing. Furthermore, HMD is mulling to expand to imaging and audio technologies in the future.
Senior Director of Security and Enterprise Solutions at HMD Global, Ari Heikkinen adds: “We have been working closely with HMD Global for quite some time and I’m excited to announce our collaboration today as we continue to strengthen our partnership. With this new Centre of Excellence, we are striking whilst the iron is hot. Cybersecurity incidents have been on the rise during this global pandemic, meaning there’s no better time to increase our efforts on mobile security”