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BlackBerry Completes Acquisition of German Anti-Eavesdropping Firm

Smartphone maker BlackBerry Limited announced on Friday that it has completed its acquisition of Secusmart GmbH, a provider of high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions.

Terms of the acquisition, which was oringinally announced in July, were not disclosed.

Prior to the acquisition, the two firms had already established a partnership to offer Secusmart-equipped BlackBerry handsets to the German government.

According to BlackBerry, the acquisition with strengthen its leadership in secure enterprise mobility with Secusmart's encryption and anti-eavesdropping capabilities and bolster BlackBerry's end-to-end security offerings.

"With the benefit of Secusmart's talented team at BlackBerry, we look forward to building on our leadership position in mobile security at a time when cybersecurity breaches and data theft pose ever-growing costs and threats to governments, companies and consumers," John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry.

"We're thrilled with the acquisition as we see significant opportunities to accelerate innovation for high-end secure communications solutions," added Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, Managing Director of Secusmart. "Having successfully partnered since 2009 to provide Secusmart's voice and data encryption capabilities to BlackBerry's gold standard security portfolio, we look forward to introducing Secusmart's solutions to more of BlackBerry's government and enterprise customers around the world."

Last year, the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 solution was selected by Germany's Federal Office for Information Security for classified communications for the country's highest public officials, the company said.

BlackBerry has achieved the "Full Operational Capability" level of certification for operation on U.S. Department of Defense Networks, and has its BlackBerry 10 smartphones approved by NATO for classified communications up to "Restricted" level.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.