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Secusmart puts its BlackBerry encryption chip to work on the desktop

Peter Sayer | March 17, 2014
At around €2,000 (US$2800) each, the secure smartphones that SecuSmart showed at Cebit last year were out of reach of many businesses -- although three governments have since bought them to secure mobile phone calls between senior officials, according to CEO Hans-Christoph Quelle. Now the company has developed a less expensive and more flexible system intended for the enterprise, and has extended the reach of its mobile system to secure VOIP calls on desktop phones.

The new app does all the encryption and key management in software, and is not tied to either an SD card or to the SIM card. That frees up users to choose other operators — and also frees up SecuSmart. For now, said Quelle, Vodafone has exclusive rights to the app in Germany, but in other countries SecuSmart is free to work with other distributors, operators or not.

The world's secret services may be about to find the massive interception of phone calls getting a lot harder.

 

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