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November 28, 2014

BlackBerry Acquisition of Secusmart Gets Germany’s Approval

BlackBerry image — It was a packed house at the BlackBerry 10 product launch in January.

Germany has given BlackBerry’s proposed acquisition of voice and data encryption specialist Secusmart the green light, Reuters is reporting.

Secusmart is known globally for its anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations, enterprises and telecommunications service providers .

“The German government has examined the planned purchase of Secusmart by Blackberry and given its approval for it to go ahead,” an economy ministry spokeswoman told Reuters, although she refused to divulge the details of the German government’s decision.

The government did, however, say the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) must be granted particular access and control rights related to the code used in the Blackberry operating system, according to various media reports.

The pending purchase is part and parcel of BlackBerry CEO John Chen’s recovery plan for the Canadian Smartphone maker which, in the past five years, has not held up to competition from Apple’s iPhones or from Android-powered handsets.

The acquisition is a good move for BlackBerry, which is renewing its focus on clients such as government agencies that require top-notch security. Chen has said the deal is proof positive of the firm’s commitment to being the best in enterprise mobile security.

“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,” Chen said in a press release this summer when acquisition plans were first announced.

“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 partnered in the past and last year offered the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 — a solution used by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security for classified communications for the country’s highest public officials, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Financial details of the deal have not been released.


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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