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BlackBerry Beefs Up Security With Latest Acquisition

by Jacob Kleinman | July 29, 2014July 29, 2014 2:00 pm PST

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Just last year BlackBerry had opened itself up to potential buyers. Fast forward to today, and the tables have turned a bit. BlackBerry on Tuesday confirmed that it’s acquiring Secusmart, a German software firm focused on voice and data security.

BlackBerry said Secusmart is a leader in “anti-eavesdropping solutions.” Specifically, the technology will help provide a higher degree of security for government and enterprise customers, two markets where the Canadian company is still trying to hold on to market share. BlackBerry is doing everything it can to retain those customers in the face of increasing competition from both Apple, which just announced a new partnership with IBM, and Google.

BlackBerry and Secusmart have been working together for years, but with today’s deal the German firm’s security software is primed to became a key feature in future BlackBerry phones. The end goal is to offer a mobile experience that’s just as secure as your landline.

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

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by either company.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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