BlackBerry Acquires Secusmart
At the BlackBerry Security Summit, BlackBerry today announced the acquisition of German high security specialist Secusmart. To put this acquisition into better perspective, we’ve decided to give you a brief overview of the company and the products they offer.
Secusmart was established in 2007 by founders Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle and Dr. Christoph Erdmann. Governmental agencies, defense ministries, and many other institutions are equipped with the secure solutions from Secusmart. Apart from providing the highest level of protection for emails, text messages and voice communications, Secusmart also secures the landline phones and teleconferences of DAX quoted companies, corporate consulting agencies, and brokers.
The following resource from the Secusmart site provides a great overview of the security technology in place:
At the Heart of all Secusmart Solutions
The Secusmart Security Card is at the heart of all Secusmart solutions. This smart card ensures the highest level of data protection for e-mails, text messages and voice communication. The miniature computer integrated into the micro-SD card contains the NXP SmartMX P5CT072 crypto-controller with a PKI coprocessor for authentication. An additional high-speed coprocessor encrypts voice and data communication using 128 bit AES. AES is considered the most secure and efficient algorithm for the symmetric encryption of data and voice communication. The SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 solution is able to meet all the German government’s requirements for secure mobile telephony (VS-NfD security clearance).
Hightech Made in Germany
The Secusmart Security Card is a wafer-thin encryption computer integrated into a standard card format with a surface size of only 1 cm2.
The smart card enables 340 sextillion keys for encryption purposes – it would take ca. 149 billion years to crack this code.
At its heart is an NXP SmartMX P5C T072 crypto-controller with a PKI coprocessor for authentication, which has an EAL 5+ certification according to the Common Criteria.
An additional high speed coprocessor encrypts voice and data communication using 128 bit AES, the most secure and efficient algorithm for encrypting data and voice communication.
Secusmart provides security solutions for Public Authorities and Companies. For Public Authorities they offer the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry® 10, and Federal Security Net.
With BlackBerry Balance technology, “SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 ensures completely secure mobile voice and data communication. The high security solution protects voice, text messages, mobile e-mail and PIMs with calendar data and notes from third party attacks for the first time ever. Users can switch to the personal area with a single swipe. All the fun of a personal smartphone combined with business high security: with the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10, the Secusmart company in Düsseldorf brings everything in balance.” Users will still be able to enjoy the consumer features of their BB10 phones, such as chat apps, social media and music on the personal side.
Their solution doesn’t end at mobile security, as landline voice communications can also be secured. Federal Security Net will include SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10, and highly secure telecommunication systems (SecuGATE LV) and telephone conferences (SecuBRIDGE) and SecuGATE LV 1 snom edition and SecuGATE LV 1 tiptel edition desk telephones.
Companies can also take advantage of SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 and a maximum security calling app developed in collaboration with Vodafone called Secure Call: “Secure Call isn’t just designed for politicians and government agencies, it also helps companies of all sizes to protect their intellectual property. Secure Call is a product that offers both the corporate and consumer sector top government-level encryption for maximum voice communications security. Inexpensively priced, the app will be a very attractive option for companies of all sizes.”…”Secure Call offers both businesses and private individuals the same standard of voice communication encryption that Angela Merkel enjoys on a platform-independent basis, which means that that the app can be used on all leading smartphones. It gives users complete flexibility in conjunction with absolutely secure voice communications.”
Interesting to note that Secure Call will be available for private use as well and will be cross platform. Not only does BlackBerry offer secure instant messaging via cross platform BBM, but consumers will be able to have fully encrypted mobile voice communication as well. Unfortunately, the pricing for the app/service with Vodafone is not yet available on the site.
So there you have it, a brief overview of Secusmart and its offerings. For more in depth details, I highly recommend visiting their site at https://www.secusmart.com.
We know that BlackBerry provides the most secure end-to-end mobile solution via BES and BlackBerry devices; now BlackBerry has just taken it to the next level by offering secure voice communication as well. Today’s announcement further underscores that security is a top priority at BlackBerry. While a lot of media attention was given to the recent Apple and IBM deal, this is a very big announcement in its own right as BlackBerry will now also become the best choice for secure voice communication as well as MDM/EMM.
If you’re a governmental agency, or an enterprise that deals with very sensitive information, your choice is quite clear. Forget the fancy and misleading advertising of the competitors and trust BlackBerry. NATO does, the US Department of Defense does, the German government does, and so can you.