BlackBerry has entered into an agreement to acquire Secusmart GmbH—a provider in voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations, enterprises and telecommunications service providers in Germany and internationally.
"We are 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 underscores our focus on addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security, and strengthens our security solutions with voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping technologies."
BlackBerry and Secusmart have previously partnered to address the security needs of customers. Last year, the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 was selected by Germany's Federal Office for Information Security for classified communications, for the country's public officials. Both companies provided Secusmart-equipped BlackBerry smartphones to a significant number of German government agencies and German government ministries and leaders—including Chancellor Angela Merkel.
BlackBerry's acquisition demonstrates the company's commitment to enterprise mobile security—serving BlackBerry customers in G7 governments, G20 governments and global enterprises in pharmaceutical, legal and automotive industries, as well as large oil and gas companies.