One of BlackBerry’s continuing fundamentals is a core focus on security. The company has staked its future on providing secure and encrypted network options. During the BlackBerry Security Summit event today, CEO John Chen announced it has acquired Dusseldorf-based Secusmart GmbH, which is touted as being “a leader in high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations.”
Chen stated, “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.” Secusmart is reportedly used by government officials to monitor smartphone voice tapping to ensure lines are secure.
The terms of the deal was not disclosed and the transaction is subject to the regulatory approvals, but Secusmart has been a BlackBerry partner since 2009.
BlackBerry also said it is committed “to being the first name in enterprise mobile security.” It has decided to drop the hammer today with some impressive stats: its customers currently includes all G7 governments, 16 of the G20 governments, 10 out of 10 of the largest global enterprises in pharmaceutical, legal, automotive, and the five largest oil and gas companies. In addition, BlackBerry has amassed a vast amount of security certifications and is the only mobility solution to receive Full Operational Capability (FOC) approval to run on U.S. Department of Defense networks.
Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, Managing Director of Secusmart, said, “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.”
BlackBerry is in a stronger position than it was when Chen took over the company last year, and is on track to release new versions of its Enterprise Service solution later this year alongside two new devices, the Passport and Classic.