BlackBerry creates separate subsidiary to ‘deepen reach’ within U.S. government

BlackBerry sets up unit to serve U.S. government

BlackBerry creates separate subsidiary to 'deepen reach' within U.S. government

BlackBerry Ltd. has established a Washington, D.C. -based subsidiary called BlackBerry Government Solutions that it says will strengthen ties to USA federal agencies that require highly secure cloud-based services.

BlackBerry Government Solutions is headquartered in Washington, D.C and has a separate corporate governance structure from BlackBerry Limited to comply with USA national security requirements. BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the new structure will ensure the company's products are compliant with US policies on cloud technology.

Federal agencies that use BlackBerry's mobile security products include the departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice, Transportation, Treasury and Veterans Affairs.

It will be headquartered in Washington, D.C., and be led by retired Coast Guard Rear Admiral Robert "Bob" Day Jr., who had joined BlackBerry in 2016.

BlackBerry executive chairman and CEO John Chen said the new subsidiary will "deepen our reach" within the US government sector as it manages a "tidal wave" of internet-connected devices. On Tuesday, the company announced that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had purchased a contract for software that encrypts text and voice messages.

To learn more about BlackBerry's products and services available for the government sector please visit www.blackberry.com/government. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates globally.

"Eavesdropping on calls is one of the easiest ways to gain access to private information", added Christoph Erdmann, senior vice president of BlackBerry unit Secusmart, which BlackBerry acquired in 2014 amid rising fears that eavesdroppers are listening in on government communications.

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