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Giuliani Says BlackBerry Can Help Make the World Safe Again

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BlackBerry Ltd. got some free publicity when former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, fresh from a bellicose performance at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, touted the Canadian company’s security bona fides in a speech.

The potential for terrorists to hack targets like hospitals or police communication networks is one of the biggest threats facing the world, Giuliani said at an event Tuesday held by BlackBerry in New York to showcase its stable of software products.

Most companies are creating new technologies without enough thought for how to keep them secure, Giuliani said, sporting a tie decorated with elephants, the Republican Party symbol. “BlackBerry on the other hand, their corporate culture began as device security,” he said.

The former politician is now chairman of the cybersecurity, privacy and crisis management practice at the law firm Greenberg Traurig. He was not paid for the speech and has no formal business relationship with BlackBerry.