BlackBerry to acquire voice and data encryption vendor Secusmart

BlackBerry is set to acquire Secusmart, a global voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions vendor.

The objective behind the acquisition of Secusmart that supplies solutions to government organizations, enterprises and telecom service providers, is to improve BlackBerry’s security solutions to keep up with the growing complexity of enterprise mobility.

John Chen, executive chairman and CEO, BlackBerry, said: “The acquisition of Secusmart underscores our focus on addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security.”

The smartphone vendor did not disclose financial details.

BlackBerry 10 smartphones

Earlier, BlackBerry and the Germany-based Secusmart partnered to offer Secusmart’s technology to address customers’ security needs.

For instance, Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security selected the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 solution for classified communications. Supply of Secusmart-equipped BlackBerry phones benefitted several German government agencies and almost all German government ministries and leaders, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

BlackBerry’s enterprise security focus is assisting the Ontario-based company to add customers including 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.

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