BlackBerry can sell encryption tools to USA government after NSA approval

Geronimo Vena
Luglio 20, 2017

Blackberry Ltd. announced Thursday morning that its encryped communication service has won NSA approval, paving the way for it to begin selling the product to the federal government.

Blackberry announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement with the NSA to sell the agency and other organizations secret communication tools.

The endorsement came from the NSA's National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), a division of the agency that reviews commercial technology products in order to see if they meet "enhanced" security standards for government use.

BlackBerry hasn't named any potential government agency partners.

Once the mobile leader in the enterprise market, BlackBerry's share has fallen dramatically since the turn of the decade as it failed to keep up with changes in demand, while Apple and Android manufacturers caught up in security and administration features.

Secusmart's encryption services were reportedly adopted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel after documents leaked by Edward Snowden alleged that the US had bugged her phone.

BlackBerry said its encrypted voice and text messaging tools are now used by government agencies in 20 countries across Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa; Germany is the company's biggest government customer.

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