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.


Secusmart's main product is a smart card that secures texts, emails and voice calls

Secusmart's main product is a smart card that secures texts, emails and voice calls


source: BlackBerry via ZDNet

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30 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

BlackBerry is the best when it comes to security . Hats off to blackberry.

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And your statement is based on what?

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

On Obama and Merkel lol-

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

That statement is based on their position in mobile enterprise and security. That statement is based on all of the G7 governments, 16 out of 20 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 all being customers of and relying on BlackBerry for years. They have more security certs than any other vendor and is the ONLY mobile solution to receive FULL Operational Capability to run on the U.S. DoD networks.

17. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

It's a known fact that when it comes to security in Enterprise and on mobile, that BlackBerry is the best. Only iFanboy iDiots like yourself think otherwise simply because you don't like the company, facts be damned.

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Wrong PhoneArenaUser is not an iFan.

26. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

But he's a troll nonetheless.

2. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

It's so bad to see some actually good companies failing :(

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Or maybe they are failing because they are not so good.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

Or maybe they are that good. ESPECIALLY when it comes to mobile security.

23. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

they are failing because they failed on consumer department. as i've said, average person doesn't need such security features, BB must know what the mainstream wants to gain market, and price their device right, they need to know that the market is flooded with affordable devices that has monstrous specs, security is not enough to be able to sell it to a average person.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

As I'VE said, BlackBerry doesn't cater to the average person. They cater to those in the enterprise market and regulated industries. BB10 is much better than the other OS's. One just need to use it to see that. BlackBerry can more than survive just by selling to those in the enterprise market.

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Cause they didn't keel up with what other platforms were offering. I didn't like that Horstein Heinz guy. Good they kicked him out. This new Ceo looks promising, and BB should be out from the reds and profiting. Good luck.

3. cse.vicky unregistered

With us selling ourselves to Google, good to have companies like this.

10. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Absolutely agree with you.

4. naittosan

Posts: 239; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Really do you think any company can keep the NSA out. How nieve.

27. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Naive*

5. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I haven't tried BB 10 yet but it seems like a lump of fresh air, and with the ability to run Android apps seems like a good daily driver.

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Android apps on BlackBerry lags.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thats not true. I have 3 BB10 devices and none of my Android apps lag on them.

18. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Show proof of this please or shut up.

20. naittosan

Posts: 239; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Amazon apps will be on BB

6. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Why BB need to buy Secusmart if BB were the most secure? Eliminating competition or BB was second best (behind secusmart)

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's called making the BEST at mobile security (read: BlackBerry) even BETTER.

19. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

That's like asking why did Apple buy Beats if iTunes is supposed to be the best. Please use your brain before commenting. I know that may be asking too much of you but please do try. It's like you're sucking the intelligence right out of me with each post.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

John Chen never ceases to amaze! All of this talk about "no offers to buy BlackBerry" was probably smoke and mirrors for the real deal: BlackBerry acquiring Secusmart. This is right in line with what John Chen has said all along(and what I have been repeating here on PA for quite some time): BlackBerry is focusing on ENTERPRISE. Sure, they will continue to dabble in the consumer market, but enterprise is where BlackBerry is truly focused on, and rightfully so. BlackBerry has just further cemented their commanding LEAD IN MOBILE ENTERPRISE. More and more businesses and those in the regulated industry will surely flock to BlackBerry. The most secure platform in mobile has just become even more so. BlackBerry making moves like this only cements the fact that they are here to stay and once again disproves the naysayers theories (read: LIES) about BlackBerry.

25. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Good job BlackBerry! This is a great sign of where BlackBerry is headed. Trolls, of course, will dismiss this and continue to talk their nonsense.

28. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

BB just need a better marketing campaign.

29. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Other than government and business the only potential market is pro-sumers who care about security. Anyone who is reading this probably fits that category. So to who else can BlackBerry market?

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

Do they really NEED to market to anyone else besides who you just mentioned? However, this device will also be marketed to the healthcare industry and other regulated industries. I guess you could say they fit under the "prosumer" banner. This device will also be marketed to (but not much, IMO) those consumers that still support BlackBerry. BlackBerry has been very strategic in targeting their audience lately.

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