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  1. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Cont:
    BlueHillBoston with highly secure voice encryption. BlackBerry and Secusmart have been working together since the second half of 2013 to deliver on these security capabilities. Working as well with Vodafone, BlackBerry and Secusmart have integrated SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 and offer a new Secure Call app dubbed SecuVOICE that delivers a highly secure smartphone for businesses in general. Secusmart's technology is not limited the smartphone market. Landline phones and especially IP-based desktop phones are also protected though the company's SecuGATE LV and tap-proof desk telephones, as well as SecuBRIDGE, which fully encrypts telephone conference calls. In case anyone thinks that the German government is a great example of security-driven customer possibilities but isn't aware that it is a very real avenue to revenue generation, consider this quick back of the napkin calculation: The German government has already ordered 5,000 BlackBerry 10 devices sporting Secusmart's security chip. The cost for these highly secure devices is $2,000 each. That is a $10 million deal. Further, Germany currently has plans to order 10 -15,000 more - or another $20 - $30 million. With Secusmart a part of BlackBerry every dollar (or Euro) will now go to BlackBerry's top line. Three Key Reasons Behind a Very Smart Deal This brings us to Reason Number 1 why the acquisition of Secusmart is a very smart move: For BlackBerry a $30 million dollar deal, and more accurately the possibility of creating many more similar high level security-driven deals in which all high end revenue accrues directly to BlackBerry is a very good thing indeed. BlackBerry also manages to recover a bit more of its former special sauce - premium pricing for enterprise devices. Charging $2,000 for special high security-capable phones is a far cry from the cut throat business of selling cheap and nearly zero margin consumer smartphones. Reason Number 2 for why we really like the deal is that there is absolutely no technology overlap between BlackBerry and Secusmart. This is quite important - there is no need to spend any business cycles integrating the technology and removing redundancies from the respective BlackBerry and Secusmart platforms. They are immediately functionally additive to each other and BlackBerry will be able to quickly deploy Secusmart-enabled devices across the core industries in now targets. The Secusmart software noted above utilizes a hardware component dubbed the Secusmart Security Card, which represents the command center (so to speak) of the platform. It is a wafer-thin encryption computer integrated into a standard micro-SD card with a surface size of only 1 cm2. The general layout is shown below (courtesy of Secusmart

    Eazzy Peazzy
    Mr BBRY, sidhuk, bungaboy and 9 others like this.
    08-05-14 04:28 PM
  2. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Cont:
    Translating Technology to Success 617.624.3600 research@bluehillresearch.com @BlueHillBoston At its heart is an NXP SmartMX P5C T072 crypto-controller with a PKI coprocessor for authentication, which in turn has an EAL 5+ certification according to the Common Criteria. Further, there is an additional high speed coprocessor that handles voice encryption and data communication using 128 bit AES. All of this simply adds to BlackBerry's still exclusive ?Full Operational Capability? (FOC) approval for a mobile platform to run on U.S. Department of Defense networks. No other mobile vendor has FOC approval. And it adds to its own already enormously rich portfolio of certifications but does so in a new way that does not replicate existing BlackBerry solutions. What is the bottom line here on the Secusmart Security Card platform? Well, it enables 340 sextillion keys for encryption purposes! It is estimated that it would take 149 billion years to crack the code. That is security at an entirely different level - certainly the level that federal governments and security-minded verticals demand. Larger Security-driven Business Opportunities The Secusmart technology is further adaptable to businesses focused on landline communications - an industry BlackBerry really no footprint in. Along this line, Secusmart brings with it a collection of partnerships, including partnerships with IP-based landline and desktop phone manufacturers. The landline business may sound like a legacy scenario, but we can very assuredly say that it is anything but. Companies such as German-based snom technology AG continue to pioneer the development of high end IP phones based on SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) for both businesses and service providers. In the case of snom it works with Secusmart to ensure its phones are fully secured against eavesdropping. The two companies presented their latest joint product - the SecuGATE LV1 snom edition landline telephone at the 2014 CeBIT trade show. The LV1 provides a slot to insert the Secusmart Security Card. There is no particular reason for BlackBerry to look to jettison this end of the Secusmart business. Secure landlines are still very much part of the overall landscape. BlackBerry has long...

    Eazzy Peazzy
    Mr BBRY, sidhuk, bungaboy and 8 others like this.
    08-05-14 04:29 PM
  3. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Last one...
    BlueHillBoston made an effort to build a presence in the UC (Unified Communications) space, so a further step to include highly secure landline capability as an additional technology platform and service does not strike us as something to jettison as "non-core" to BlackBerry. The acquisition of Secusmart certainly demonstrates both BlackBerry's and Chen's total commitment to ensuring it is the top player in enterprise and government mobile security. This brings us around to our Reason Number 3 - the deal fits in perfectly with Chen's strategy of focusing specifically on verticals with very high security level requirements. It is worth noting that BlackBerry customers include all G7 governments, 16 of the G20 governments, the top ten of the largest global enterprises in each of the pharmaceutical, legal and automotive industries, and the five largest oil and gas companies. There is clearly a very strong reason for Chen to focus his attentions here - and to keep BlackBerry itself laser-focused on them. On the flip side Secusmart has been all-inclusive with Germany to date, and has been looking for the right way to expand its business and security capabilities outside of Germany's borders. There is, again, no overlap here. Despite BlackBerry's much reduced workforce resources it still brings a substantial collection of international business development field talent to the game. For Secusmart it means far greater and immediately visibility into account targets it would have had a great deal of trouble breaking into on its own. And though BlackBerry's enterprise and business presence has fallen a great deal in the United States since its mid-2000s heyday, it still retains enough of that presence to create business opportunities for the newly combined entity within the specific high security verticals Chen is targeting. The three reasons we've sighted for why the Secusmart acquisition is a smart one, are crystal clear relative to how the acquisition will benefit BlackBerry, both in the short and long term. Terms of the deal were not disclosed (though no doubt a little forensic accounting analysis of BlackBerry's next earnings statements will likely reveal the price. The main point however is in that it appears BlackBerry is now on good enough footing to be able to finance the deal. It adds some reality to Chen's claim during BlackBerry's last earnings call that he believes the company is now on stable footing. That is a win for all concerned

    Eazzy Peazzy
    Mr BBRY, sidhuk, bungaboy and 10 others like this.
    08-05-14 04:30 PM
  4. rim4ever's Avatar
    It also means someone sold that many shares.

    Posted via CB10
    Of course it could also mean that someone merely moved the shares from left pocket to the right.
    bungaboy, Bilaal, sidhuk and 3 others like this.
    08-05-14 05:25 PM
  5. Corbu's Avatar
    OT: Security...

    NYT:
    Russian Gang Amasses Over a Billion Internet Passwords
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/te...ials.html?_r=0

    BBC:
    Russia gang hacks 1.2 billion usernames and passwords
    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28654613
    Last edited by Corbu; 08-05-14 at 08:34 PM. Reason: Added BBC's take on the matter
    08-05-14 05:47 PM
  6. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    OT: Security...
    Russian Gang Amasses Over a Billion Internet Passwords
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/te...ials.html?_r=0
    Scary stuff.

    Eazzy Peazzy
    Corbu, rarsen, bungaboy and 2 others like this.
    08-05-14 05:50 PM
  7. rarsen's Avatar
    OT from the Related Technologies and Security files:

    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/0...tphone-market/

    From a relatively obscure Chinese handset maker, last quarter Xiaomi was the top smartphone seller in the largest handset market in the world: China. Xiaomi shipped 15 million smartphones in China, up from 4.4 million in the same period a year ago. Xiaomi beat Samsung, which sold 13.2 million smartphones in China last quarter, down from 15.5 million in the same period a year ago, according to the report. Theyve really changed the look of the Chinese market.
    08-05-14 06:14 PM
  8. TranscendAsset's Avatar
    Gosh, you guys are FAST

    I decided to do us longs a favor. Since Kofi Bafah, an AAPL long, keeps writing bearish articles on BlackBerry..... why NOT write one on Apple? Enjoy! And as usual, have fun by joining in the comments =)

    Transcend Asset/ Linda =)
    08-05-14 06:40 PM
  9. bungaboy's Avatar
    Gosh, you guys are FAST

    I decided to do us longs a favor. Since Kofi Bafah, an AAPL long, keeps writing bearish articles on BlackBerry..... why NOT write one on Apple? Enjoy! And as usual, have fun by joining in the comments =)

    Transcend Asset/ Linda =)
    Thank you!
    08-05-14 06:55 PM
  10. randall2580's Avatar
    Another example of how the conversation surrounding BBRY has changed. Think you folks will like the second (forward to about 8:06) and maybe the 3rd story though that's a bit off topic ...

    Tech News Today 1064 | TWiT.TV
    Corbu, rarsen, morganplus8 and 5 others like this.
    08-05-14 07:53 PM
  11. Corbu's Avatar
    OT:
    An interesting point of view...
    BBC News - How mobile phones became fashion items

    What is now astonishing is the speed at which mobile phone makers come and go.
    I doubt this is on JC's agenda but...

    How could one make BlackBerry fashionable again?

    How could "Security" become fashionable or cool?
    08-05-14 08:05 PM
  12. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Another example of how the conversation surrounding BBRY has changed. Think you folks will like the second (forward to about 8:06) and maybe the 3rd story though that's a bit off topic ...

    Tech News Today 1064 | TWiT.TV
    Nice...thank you.

    Eazzy Peazzy
    bungaboy and zyben like this.
    08-05-14 08:15 PM
  13. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    More good news...SC Magazine awards BES 10 five star's... A Best Buy!

    http://www.scmagazine.com/blackberry...0/review/4243/

    Eazzy Peazzy
    08-05-14 09:40 PM
  14. sidhuk's Avatar
    I was reading this CB front page story. I have been hearing that BB10 doesn't compress data but, to my surprise, BLAZE wrote the following. Under comment section.
    http://m.crackberry.com/nigerians-ar...ry?cb_mobile=0
    "You are aware there are still portions of the OS that are compressed right? BIS as it was known may be dead but to say the compression is gone entirely is not accurate at all."
    "BBM, Attachments, Map data and more are still compressed through the NOC. A lot of the core OS still utilizes compression across the board.

    It's also the reason why your device still needs to be attached to the BlackBerry network in order to move data. (Try getting your device to do something without the 'BB bee's' in the corner of your signal, you can't.)

    Is it as efficient on data as BBOS was? Nope. But it's not entirely gone either"

    Posted using Z30. Best of the best Smart phone in the world.
    08-05-14 10:29 PM
  15. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    I know on Bell I have to pay the BlackBerry Access fee...I have five gigs on my plan...don't think I've ever gone over 2.5...and I live on this thing. lol.

    Eazzy Peazzy
    sidhuk, rarsen, bungaboy and 2 others like this.
    08-05-14 10:33 PM
  16. plasmid_boy's Avatar
    That's interesting, I didn't know that.
    Could explain why my wife was charged for over limit data every month when she was using iPhone. No longer a problem since she switched to BlackBerry 10 more than a year ago.

    Posted via CB10
    08-06-14 03:59 AM
  17. sidhuk's Avatar
    China bans Apple products for government use http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/06/c...=rss_truncated

    Posted using Z30. Best of the best Smart phone in the world.
    08-06-14 06:24 AM
  18. neteng1000's Avatar
    China bans Apple products for government use http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/06/c...=rss_truncated

    Posted using Z30. Best of the best Smart phone in the world.
    More countries will follow

    Posted via CB10
    08-06-14 06:36 AM
  19. snejpa's Avatar
    08-06-14 07:20 AM
  20. sidhuk's Avatar
    This is a good news. This will have impact on the educated consumers in that country.

    Posted using Z30. Best of the best Smart phone in the world.
    08-06-14 07:28 AM
  21. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Man...have you seen the sniveling vitriol in the comments concerning Trandsets article yesterday? Hope our fine lady has thick skin.

    Eazzy Peazzy
    08-06-14 07:35 AM
  22. bungaboy's Avatar
    More good news...SC Magazine awards BES 10 five star's... A Best Buy!

    BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 product review | SC Magazine

    Eazzy Peazzy
    Nice find. Thanks.

    "Strengths: Speed, security and product maturity.
    Weaknesses: No weaknesses.

    Verdict: BES10 is the top of the class, so we designate it our Best Buy.


    BES10 provides device management, security and application management for corporate and BYOD (bring your own device) BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices delivered through a single end-to-end platform. BES10 delivers fast, integrated multi-platform app deployment, as well as encryption behind-the-firewall content without the need for third-party VPNs or add-on security. In addition, BES10 allows administrators to integrate with major messaging platforms, such as Microsoft Exchange, Office 365 and Lotus Domino, and can also configure the Nitrodesk Touchdown product.

    BES10 enables separation of work and personal content on corporate-owned and BYOD devices without compromising either user or corporate needs. The Secure Work Space for iOS and Android option ensures work content and applications are secured and separated from personal apps and data. BlackBerry 10 devices managed by BES10 with the gold level enterprise mobility management (EMM) option delivers a device management solution to enable data protection and compliance for government, financial services, regulated and other high-security environments.

    Comprehensive application deployment, management and security provide the ability to push and install mandatory apps and publish recommended apps through a corporate app storefront. Additionally, BlackBerry Web Services allows admins to extend the functionality of the solution and integrate with many of their backend systems. End-users also have access to a powerful self-service portal that gives them the ability to self-provision, decommission and retain command and control of their devices (i.e. wipe, lock, etc.). One of the most impressive features is BES's ability to communicate with mobile devices without opening holes in a client's firewalls.

    BES provided an excellent set of documents, links, videos and other resources making it easy to find solutions to tasks - even tasks chosen at random. Installation was based on a software as a service (SaaS). The SaaS environment was set up as a new client with just a basic construct. It took a matter of minutes to get policies set up, users and groups established, and mobile devices enrolled. From the moment you start working with BES10, it is clear you are dealing with a mature quality product. BlackBerry takes full advantage of the entire infrastructure for the mobile device management (MDM) solution. Most of the MDM products need to open holes in their firewalls to deal with management of mobile devices. BES10 causes almost all of its management functionality to occur behind the BlackBerry infrastructure, greatly reducing the security exposure. This product is fast, rich in features and highly intuitive.

    There are three off-the-shelf programs with additional services available for purchase as needed. They include advantage, priority and premium. Advantage level is an entry-level support package. Annual fee is $900 with annual support fee for devices is $4 to $24, so this is best for customers with less than 500 devices. Priority level is best for up to 2,000 devices with an annual support cost of $10,000. Call BES for premium level fees.

    The value for money is well spent.
    08-06-14 07:45 AM
  23. Corbu's Avatar
    08-06-14 07:47 AM
  24. neteng1000's Avatar
    Man...have you seen the sniveling vitriol in the comments concerning Trandsets article yesterday? Hope our fine lady has thick skin.

    Eazzy Peazzy
    Sorry, which one was that?

    Posted via CB10
    08-06-14 07:51 AM
  25. bungaboy's Avatar
    Man...have you seen the sniveling vitriol in the comments concerning Trandsets article yesterday? Hope our fine lady has thick skin.

    Eazzy Peazzy
    Desperate people do (and say) desperate things!
    08-06-14 07:52 AM
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