BlackBerry acquires voice and data security firm Secusmart

BlackBerry logo on F1 carA the BlackBerry Security Summit event taking place today BlackBerry announced it will acquire Secusmart GmbH, a German company that focuses on voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations, enterprises and telecommunications service providers. Already a BlackBerry partner, the company notably works with the German government and supplies Secusmart-equipped BlackBerry smartphones to almost all German government ministries and leaders, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“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 John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. “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.”

BlackBerry also touted the fact that its customers include “all G7 governments, 16 of the G20 governments, 10 out of 10 of the largest global enterprises in each of the pharmaceutical, legal and automotive industries, and the five largest oil and gas companies.” It is also the only mobility solution to have the “Full Operational Capability” (FOC) approval necessary to operate on U.S. Department of Defense networks.

Terms of the acquisition were not announced today. It will close once all necessary conditions and regulatory approvals have been met

Source : BlackBerry