BlackBerry Acquires ‘Anti-Eavesdropping’ Company SecusmartBy: Chris Crum - July 29, 2014
BlackBerry announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Secusmart, a voice and data encryption company, which makes “anti-eavesdropping” solutions for government organizations and companies.
The two companies have partnered in the past, offering Secusmart technology, including the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 solution, to BlackBerry customers.
“We are always improving our security solutions to keep up with the growing complexity of enterprise mobility, with devices being used for more critical tasks and to store more critical information, and security attacks becoming more sophisticated,” said BlackBerry CEO and Executive Chairman John Chen. “The acquisition of Secusmart underscores our focus on addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security. This acquisition bolsters our security solutions with leading voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping technologies, and furthers BlackBerry’s security leadership in end-to-end mobile solutions.”
“This transaction is a fantastic opportunity to accelerate growth in the market for high-end secure communications solutions, driven by the need to combat electronic eavesdropping and data theft,” said Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, Managing Director of Secusmart. “Secusmart and BlackBerry’s solution already meets the highest security requirements of the German federal authorities and NATO for restricted communications. We see significant opportunities to introduce Secusmart’s solutions to more of BlackBerry’s government and enterprise customers around the world.”
The deal is pending regulatory approvals. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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