BlackBerry acquires German mobile security company

Terms of the deal that aims to ‘further BlackBerry’s security leadership’ have not been disclosed

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BlackBerry acquires German mobile security company Chen: "The acquisition of Secusmart underscores our focus on addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security." (George Dipin/ITP Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  July 30, 2014

BlackBerry Limited has announced it has acquired German company Secusmart GmbH.

According to Reuters, the smartphone maker did not disclose the terms of its deal to acquire Secusmart GmbH, which specialises in encryption and anti-eavesdropping services for governments, companies and telecommunications service providers.

"We are always 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 of Secusmart underscores our focus on addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security. 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 technology, last year 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.

"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," said Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, managing director of Secusmart.

"Secusmart and BlackBerry's solution already meets the highest security requirements of the German federal authorities and NATO for restricted communications. We see significant opportunities to introduce Secusmart's solutions to more of BlackBerry's government and enterprise customers around the world."

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