BlackBerry’s Security Acquisition Might Help ‘Win Back a Sizable Share of the Market’

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Canada-based smartphone giant BlackBerry is buying Secusmart, a Germany-based provider of high-security voice, data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions. Secusmart’s solutions are used by government, communications service providers and enterprises both in its home country and internationally.

The two companies aren’t strangers. They have previously teamed to offer Secusmart’s technology to customers that have the most demanding security needs. Last year, Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security chose the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 solution for classified communications for the country’s highest public officials.

“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 John Chen, executive chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. “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."

As BlackBerry’s smartphone market share has dropped dramatically over the past few years in the face of competition from Apple’s iPhone, Samsung and a bevy of other Android device manufacturers, BlackBerry has in part turned its attention more toward mobile security ventures such as this. The company claims more security certifications than any other vendor and is the only mobility solution to receive “Full Operational Capability" (FOC) approval to run on U.S. Department of Defense networks.

Agreeing with a claim on Secusmart’s website that “the future will be all about security," Ken Wisnefski, CEO of WebiMax, an Internet marketing company, describes himself as an avid BlackBerry user. He’s hopeful that this is the first step in the once-great smartphone company’s return to prominence on the world stage.

“In the past couple years, while it has been apparent that Blackberry was losing serious ground in mobile device market, it has also become apparent that eavesdropping and security is more rampant than anyone had previously thought," Wisnefski said. “If Blackberry can create capable devices that people want, this serious effort to reassure folks that someone is looking out for their mobile security could generate huge value and win them back a sizable share of the market.

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