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BlackBerry certified end-to-end encryption to block high-risk eavesdropping

BlackBerry has announced it is now providing certified end-to-end encryption of all group phone calls and instant messages for governments and enterprises alike via its SecuSUITE offering.

user icon Nastasha Tupas
Mon, 20 Sep 2021
BlackBerry certified end-to-end encryption to block high-risk eavesdropping
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The global pandemic has forced millions into working from home and teams have turned to group calling methods to ensure business continuity to avoid disruption, but at the cost of vulnerability to threat actors.

With a significant increase in co-ordinated eavesdropping attacks on enterprises and government officials around the globe, BlackBerry's enhanced certified SecuSUITE offering is designed to protect against identity spoofing, metadata harvesting and communications interceptions, which can compromise sensitive discussions and major operations.

This is a key advantage for governments and organisations that are distributed internationally and require Top Secret-grade encryption for their communications, according to David Wiseman, vice president of secure communications at BlackBerry.

“We are delighted to now offer secure group calling in a system that is certified by NIAP and NSA CSfC," Wiseman added.

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"With a global track record for providing certified, true end-to-end encrypted solutions for Android and iOS, SecuSUITE for Government technology is protecting 18 governments worldwide against electronic eavesdropping from unclassified through top secret clearance levels."

SecuSUITE has been certified in accordance with the Common Criteria, assuring government agencies of the security of their mobile communications. The new function is aimed at bolstering confidence from clients like those in senior levels of government to be confident that sensitive verbal and messaging communications will be completely secure – wherever they may be in the world.

According to Kerry Leo, senior vice president at CACI International Inc, the continued development of new features by BlackBerry to the SecuSUITE software enables CACI to deliver new capabilities to the SteelBox cloud service.

"The new group calling feature is already being used today by US federal civilian, Department of Defense, and intelligence community customers to communicate securely with groups of users on an encrypted call from anywhere across the globe," Leo said.

"CACI’s partnership with BlackBerry enables the technology innovations that our customers rely on for mission success.”

[Related: Bot attacks on the rise while human attacks stagnate: LexisNexis Cybercrime Report]

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans affairs, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. She is a co-author of a book titled The Stories Women Journalists Tell, published by Penguin Random House. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. Nastasha started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.

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