BlackBerry to acquire security solutions firm Secusmart


Manufacturer claims purchase furthers its leadership in the mobile security market 

BlackBerry has struck a deal to acquire security solutions provider Secusmart.

It did not disclose the terms of the agreement, which is subject to the satisfaction of “certain customary conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals.” No timescale was given for the deal’s completion.

Secusmart was founded in 2007 by Hans-Christophe Quelle and Christophe Erdmann, providing voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organisations, enterprises and telecoms service providers in Germany and globally.

BlackBerry and Secusmart have previously partnered to offer Secusmart’s technology to customers with demanding security needs.

Last year, the SecuSuite for BlackBerry 10 solution was chosen by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security for classified communications for the country’s highest public officials.

Through this partnership, they have provided Secusmart-equipped BlackBerry smartphones to an unspecified number of German government agencies and almost all German government and ministry leaders, including ChancellorAngela Merkel.

The Canadian manufacturer claimed the acquisition of Secusmart is the latest demonstration of its commitment to being the first name in enterprise mobile security.

BlackBerry chairman and CEO John Chen said: “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.

“The acquisition of Secusmart underscores our focus on addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security. It 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.”

Secusmart managing director Hans-Cristophe Quelle added: “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.

“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.”