BlackBerry to Buy Secusmart to Beef Up Security Credentials

by Istvan Fekete on July 30, 2014

BlackBerry 10BlackBerry is buying a German firm specialized in voice and data encryption, the company CEO announced on Tuesday, in a bid to enhance its credentials with highly security-conscious clients such as government agencies.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone manufacturer said it has been working with Secusmart since 2009, and they currently have the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10. It is a solution used by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security for classified communications between the country’s top officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

By the way, the German government is looking to buy 20,000 BlackBerry 10 phones for its officials in the wake of the US eavesdropping scandal. The government was pleased with the results from the 3000 encrypted cell phone units they originally deployed, dubbed as “espionage-proof” phones that were handed out to federal employees.

Since these are said to be BlackBerry 10 devices, it is safe to assume that Secusmart’s SecuSUITE has contributed heavily to the success of these phones. With BlackBerry failing to gain traction in the smartphone market, this acquisition is in line with CEO John Chen’s strategy of slightly shifting focus to services.

Actually, BlackBerry has been focussing lately on niche areas in an attempt to reinvent itself under the new CEO and recover ground ceded to Apple and Samsung devices. With the US surveillance scandal making headlines every single day as new information hits the press, secure, espionage-proof phones and services get high priority for high-profile clients such as governments and enterprises.

“Everybody wants to talk about eavesdropping, but it really isn’t just that. Both governments and enterprises are now more and more focused on security in the mobile world,” Chen said in an interview, adding that the Secusmart deal gives BlackBerry yet another leg up on the competition in relation to device security.

BlackBerry is riding that trend, and the Secusmart buyout is one of the investments the company has made in this area. Chen is confident that the company he runs will soon be getting back on a growth footing, with the last lay-off likely to be completed by the end of this month.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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