Probably has lots to do with the USA’s spying on Chancellor Merkel
Reviving smartphone maker, BlackBerry should acquire a leading high-security voice, data encryption and anti-eavesdropping specialist, Germany’s Secusmart. Previously, the two companies have provided Secusmart-equipped BlackBerry smartphones to a significant number of German government agencies. This includes almost all German government ministries and naturally including Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nice to see the Canadians helping the Germans to defeat the USA’s spying activities, then. It also shows how CEO Chen knows how to focus on BlackBerry’s strenghts.
“The acquisition of Secusmart underscores our focus on addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security,” commented John Chen, BlackBerry’s CEO.
He added, “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 innovative technology to customers that have the most demanding security needs.
Indeed in 2013, 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.
Ex-Nokia man, Dr Hans-Christoph Quelle, now md with Secusmart,observed, “This transaction is a fantastic opportunity to accelerate growth in the market for high-end secure communications solutions, driven by the need to combat electronic eavesdropping and data theft.”
He added, “Secusmart and BlackBerry’s solution already meets the highest security requirements of the German federal authorities and NATO for restricted communications.”
BlackBerry’s acquisition of Secusmart is the latest demonstration of the company’s commitment to being the first name in enterprise mobile security.
This commitment is why BlackBerry customers include 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.
BlackBerry has more security certifications than any other vendor and is the only mobility solution to receive ‘Full Operational Capability (FOC) approval to run on USA’s Department of Defense networks.
The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain customary conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals.