Security is at the fore-front of everyone’s minds these days. The Snowden leaks confirmed what many thought. Government agencies do collect broad swaths of information. They say they don’t go through it, but who knows.
Even world leaders are looking for better security. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone was reportedly bugged by U.S. Intelligence last year causing a strained relationship with one of our closest allies.
Secusmart has been the answer for many global enterprises and government officials, including Angela Merkel.
Today, Blackberry announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Secusmart.
“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’s Executive Chairman and CEO 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.”
The two companies have partnered in the past. Last year, SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 was tapped by Germany’s top officials for classified communications.
“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.”
Specific details on the deal were not disclosed. The deal is also subject to regulatory approval.