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BlackBerry buys firm specialising in voice and data encryption

Published on Jul 30, 2014 7:19 AM
 
Members of the media attend the unveiling of the BlackBerry 10 mobile platformand new devices in New York City on Jan 30, 2013. BlackBerry is buying a privately held German firm that specialises in voice and data encryption, it said on Tuesday, in a bid to burnish its credentials with highly security-conscious clients like government agencies. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - BlackBerry is buying a privately held German firm that specialises in voice and data encryption, it said on Tuesday, in a bid to burnish its credentials with highly security-conscious clients like government agencies.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone maker did not disclose the terms of its deal to acquire Secusmart, which specialises in encryption and anti-eavesdropping services for governments, companies and telecommunications service providers.

The acquisition is the latest by the smartphone pioneer to build on niche areas in an attempt to reinvent itself under new chief executive John Chen and recover ground ceded to Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy devices.

"It is a really reassuring sign that BlackBerry is now less focused on firefighting and more focused on identifying and building for the long-term into enterprise services," said CCS Insight analyst Geoff Blaber.

 
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