BlackBerry announces Secusmart deal and BlackBerry Gaurdian to protect its 250 million BES users
BlackBerry is one of worlds biggest identity systems as it has over 250 million users who use BES which BlackBerry needs to protect by doing what it does best – offering secure enterprise-grade messaging for both voice and text. It is no coincidence that 16 of the G20 governments use BlackBerry.
At today’s BlackBerry’s Security Summit in New York, BlackBerry has announced that they are to acquire Secusmart subject to satisfaction of certain customary conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals.
Secusmart specialises in “high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations, enterprises and telecommunications service providers in Germany and internationally.”
We recall the incident when German government ministries and leaders, including Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen using a BlackBerry 10 device after allegation that she was hacked and her conversations were recorded. In 2013, 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. SecuSUITE for BlackBerry® 10 is the basis for the BlackBerry’s Balance which separates work apps and communications from personal apps and communications. This means that no rouge software can intercept or leak confidential info.
Android Maleware Apps
As BlackBerry 10.3 rolls around where integration will be tighter into the Android stores, security has never been more important on a mobile device. Hence BlackBerry Guardian will scan each app as it is retrieved from the Android platform to ensure it is maleware free before being allowed to run on the device. BlackBerry Guardian, a program that combines automated and manual analysis with Trend Micro’s Mobile App Reputation Service to comprehensively vet apps.
BlackBerry Guardian on-device service will be available for free to users of the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic and future BlackBerry 10 devices. Existing BlackBerry 10 customers can expect to see BlackBerry Guardian in an upcoming BlackBerry 10 software update
Charles Eagan, VP Software Foundation Technologies at BlackBerry sums it up as, : “Security is like oxygen, you don’t notice it until it’s missing. When it’s missing, it’s all you think about.”
BlackBerry’s press release:
“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.”
“This transaction is a fantastic opportunity to accelerate growth in the market for high-end secure communications solutions, driven by the need to combat electronic eavesdropping and data theft,” said Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, Managing Director of Secusmart. “Secusmart and BlackBerry’s solution already meets the highest security requirements of the German federal authorities and NATO for restricted communications. We see significant opportunities to introduce Secusmart’s solutions to more of BlackBerry’s government and enterprise customers around the world.”
BlackBerry’s acquisition of Secusmart is the latest demonstration of the company’s commitment to being the first name in enterprise mobile security. This commitment is why BlackBerry customers include all G7 governments, 16 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. BlackBerry has 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.