Can BlackBerry Become The Next Security Superpower?

BlackBerry announced its intent to acquire Secusmart. It’s a company that offers high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations, enterprises and telecommunications service providers. BlackBerry had previously partnered with the company to offer Secusmart’s technology to its customers. John Chen said “We have addressed eavesdropping concerns with Secusmart, who has been a partner since 2009 and we currently have the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10. It’s a solution used by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security for classified communications between the country’s top officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.”What to take away from the transaction? In case you hadn’t noticed, BlackBerry is fully retrenched on the enterprise and highly regulated industries. The company cut a deal with Amazon and Android that allows BlackBerry users to have access to more than 200,000 Android applications, including thousands of popular apps and games. Effectively, this allows BlackBerry to have consumer apps without requiring developers to build apps for its operating system. As a result, BlackBerry developers can focus their resources on creating more lucrative enterprise apps.BlackBerry is hanging its hat on becoming the next security company…and that’s not a bad thing. BlackBerry is making progress with its Enterprise Mobility Management EMM solution but this is a tough market to win against the likes of Vmware/Airwarch and Mobileiron. However, Mobileiron’s IPO is good for BlackBerry because there will be tighter pressure on the company to demonstrate good margins and revenue growth, not just customer wins. While the recently announced Apple and IBM partnership appears to make this harder, the focus of that partnership is on apps and analytics.

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