BlackBerry inks tech deal with NATO Communications

BlackBerry announced its deal with NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency for deploying BlackBerry’s SecuSUITE for Government to encrypt the conversations of its technology and cyber leaders.
The NCI Agency, which helps NATO’s 29 member-nations communicate, acquires, deploys and defends communication systems for NATO’s political decision-makers and command centres, working on the frontlines against cyber-attacks.

Kevin Scheid, general manager of the NCI Agency, said: “BlackBerry’s voice encryption technology helps solve this challenge and strengthens our cyber-defence strategy.”

BlackBerry’s SecuSUITE for Government supports Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and can be installed on-premise, in a data centre, or in the cloud.

BlackBerry targets govt business

BlackBerry also announced the creation of BlackBerry Government Solutions, a subsidiary that will accelerate the company’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) initiatives and deepen ties with U.S. federal agencies.

BlackBerry Government Solutions, headquartered in Washington, D.C., has a separate corporate governance structure from BlackBerry to comply with U.S. national security requirements. Rear Admiral Robert E. Day, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) who joined BlackBerry in 2016, is heading the new business.

BlackBerry is the provider of security and data privacy for nearly all of the Cabinet and federal departments, including the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Transportation, Department of Treasury, and Department of Veterans Affairs.

BlackBerry’s crisis communication solution protects more than 70 percent of all U.S. federal employees.

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