Germany wants officials to use encrypted BlackBerry 10 devices with Secusmart technology

Today just keeps getting more interesting. This morning BlackBerry announced that they have acquired Secusmart to strengthen their security measures on BlackBerry. With that being said a while back the U.S. National Security Agency was eavesdropping on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Since then Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior has taken action against spying by deploying about 3,000 encrypted BlackBerry 10 devices with Secusmart technology. This number could increase to 20,000!

Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior spokesperson, Tobias Plate, spoke on a phone interview with The Financial Post. Plate said this number of BlackBerry devices deployed would incease, but would not give exact numbers. Plate also noted, “Only BlackBerry smartphones comply with the ministry’s security standards for use with Secusmart’s technology” and “We have a federal authority for information security and they checked several smartphones, and the only brand that was approved by them is the BlackBerry smartphones… It’s the security of the device”

BlackBerry would not issue a comment on the matter, but noted “BlackBerry has a long history providing secure mobility solutions across mission critical industries such as government, financial services, healthcare, and other security and productivity-focused sectors including all G7 nations and 16 of the G20 countries.”

Source:The Financial Post

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