BlackBerry has announced the acquisition of Secusmart, a German firm focused on voice and data encryption.
Secusmart GmbH has been developing high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations, enterprises and telecommunications service providers in Germany and internationally.
"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 and Secusmart have previously partnered to offer Secusmart’s technology to their customers. In fact, last year, the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 solution was selected by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security for classified communications for the country’s highest public officials. Through this collaboration, the two companies have provided Secusmart-equipped BlackBerry smartphones to German government agencies and almost all German government ministries and leaders, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.
BlackBerry’s acquisition of Secusmart underlines the company's efforts to become a leader in enterprise mobile security.