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BlackBerry acquires voice and data encryption firm Secusmart

On Tuesday, BlackBerry announced its acquisition of voice and data encryption firm Secusmart.

According to a release from the Canada-based smartphone maker, the firm had previously worked with Germany-based Secusmart to enhance security offerings for customers, namely in the release of its SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 solution.

Secusmart was noted as providing “anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations, enterprises and telecommunications service providers” in its home base of Germany and abroad. With the deal, BlackBerry said it aimed to bolster its end-to-end mobile security solutions. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed by the company.

John Chen, executive chairman and CEO of BlackBerry, said in the release that the Secusmart acquistion underscored the company's focus on "addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security."

Secusmart was launched in 2007 by founders Hans-Christoph Quelle and Christoph Erdmann.

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