BlackBerry becomes more secure, buys Germany's Secusmart

BlackBerry becomes more secure, buys Germany's Secusmart
Announced at BlackBerry Summit on Tuesday by CEO John Chen, the Canadian company has agreed to purchase German security firm Secusmart. Both firms have worked together since 2009, and are working together to provide secure BlackBerry 10 handsets for the German government. Secusmart's main product is a security card that is integrated into a microSD card. The result is secure text messages, emails and voice communications. 

Secusmart CEO Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, says that the company's goal is to have its software in the hands of every chancellor and president in the world. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and a number of German officials, are already using BlackBerry 10 handsets with the Secusmart software inside. The German government is so pleased with the combination, that it is looking to order an additional 20,000 BlackBerry 10 handsets.

The transaction still must be approved by regulatory agencies. BlackBerry did not mention a purchase price for the transaction, but it does highlight the company's focus on the secure enterprise communications market.

source: BlackBerry via ZDNet


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