BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) Buys Anti-Eavesdropping Technology Provider Secusmart GmbH

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) today revealed that it has bought Secusmart GmbH, a company that manufactures voice encryption chips and whose clients include Germany’s  Chancellor, Angela Merkel. The two companies have worked together in the past where Secusmart GmbH used to license its technology to BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY).

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)

Jordan Robertson, a Cyber-Security & Privacy Reporter at Bloomberg News, discussed the significance of the deal and the voice encryption technology that Secusmart provides on today’s edition of Bloomberg‘s program ‘Bloomberg West’.

Secusmart is encryption technology and it’s encryption technology that sits on the device itself and in this post Edward Snowden era, security is everything for these companies and its kind of funny that BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is buying this company because BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) gained its reputation, became the go to business smartphone maker few years ago on the basis of their reputation for security and they kind of lost that reputation for a while. This is a kind of back to the future moment for them,” Robertson said.

Robertson believes that even though BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) had access to Secusmart GmbH’s technology, this deal makes sense for BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) as it faces competition in the security smartphone market. He also feels that this deal is an important part of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s turnaround strategy.

“This technology is a hardware-based solution. So, you encrypt the data it stays on the device and you can’t access it. One of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s biggest innovation in the past were, was its Blackberry server, which was software essentially that encrypted the information. [...] This is a very hardware focused acquisition. It’s an important one, but it is kind of diversion, a little bit from what he [John Chen, CEO, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)] described as a strategy,” Robertson added.

Disclosure: None

Comments
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months. Our beta is only 1.2 (don't click this link if beating the market isn't important to you).

Lists

The 9 Most Dangerous Countries for Tourists to Visit

Reign of Terror: The 10 Most Ruthless Politicians in History

On the Move: The 10 Fastest Growing Businesses in 2015

Fast Money: The 10 Highest Paying Fast Food Restaurants

Mixing It Up: The 14 Best Music Mashups of 2014

Rito Pls Buff: The 10 Least Played Champions in LoL Season 4

10 Covers of Popular Songs that are Better than the Originals

Must See TV: The 9 Most Anticipated Shows of 2015

The 15 Biggest Box Office Bombs of All Time

10 Things The World Can’t Stand About Americans

Picture Perfect: The 6 Smartphones with the Best Cameras

The 10 Best Countries To Work In the World

A Profitable Day At The Track: 5 Tips For Betting On Horses

Tearing You Apart: 6 Bad Habits That Ruin Relationships

Learning on the Job: The 6 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make

Shopaholics Rejoice: The 12 Biggest Malls in the World

Fright Night: 10 Horror Movies Based on True Stories

Mach Mania: The 10 Fastest Jets in the World

Military Heavyweights: The 10 Countries with the Most Tanks

All In: The 7 Richest Poker Players in the World

Abracadabra: The 10 Best Magicians in the World

The 10 Richest Asian Countries in the World in 2014

Eyes in the Sky: 10 Things You Need to Know About Drones

Rising Stars: The 6 Best Silicon Valley Startups

Military Muscle: The 5 Most Advanced Armies in South America

All that Glitters: The 7 Most Luxurious Jewelry Brands in the World

5 Things You Didn’t Know About ISIS but Should

Empowering Your Money: The 5 Best Energy Stocks to Invest In

The 11 Best Android Apps You Can’t Get on iOS

The 10 Most Important International Conflicts in 2014

Mood Enhancers: The 20 Most Uplifting Songs of all Time

Lover Beware: The 8 Countries that Cheat the Most

Breath of Fresh Air: The 25 Countries with the Best Air Quality on the Planet

Singles Beware: The 8 Worst Mistakes Made on First Dates

Healthy and Happy: The 10 Countries with Lowest Healthcare Costs

The 6 Best Company Team Building Activities to Build Workplace Camaraderie

Ships Ahoy: The 10 Busiest Shipping Ports in the World

10 Productivity Tips to Save You Time and Help You Do More With Less

Grab a Bite: The Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants in America

Friday Night Thirst: The 10 Most Popular Cocktails in the World

The 6 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries We May Never Figure Out

7 Useless Products You Never Should’ve Bought

The 5 Reasons Why You’re Single and Miserable

The 7 Most Addictive Foods in the World We Can’t Stop Eating (Even Though We Should)

5 Amazing Places You Can Swim with Dolphins

The Top 7 Most Livable Countries In The World

The 10 Most Expensive Baseball Cards Ever Pulled From A Pack

The 5 Easiest Second Languages to Learn for English Speakers

Silver Spoon: The 6 Richest Families in the World

The 20 Countries with the Largest Prison Populations in the World

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!