AWS acquires encrypted messaging service Wickr

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has acquired secure communications service provider Wickr for an undisclosed sum.

Wickr, which was founded in 2012, offers end-to-end encrypted messaging, voice notes, video calls, file sharing and collaboration.

“We’re excited to share that AWS has acquired Wickr, an innovative company that has developed the industry’s most secure, end-to-end encrypted, communication technology,” AWS vice president and chief information security officer Stephen Schmidt said in a blog post.

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Although the US encrypted platform has been popular among government and military agencies, Schmidt indicates the acquisition has been influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic and the growing desire to protect communications across remote locations with the move to hybrid working environments.

Schmidt added: “Today, public sector customers use Wickr for a diverse range of missions, from securely communicating with office-based employees to providing service members at the tactical edge with encrypted communications.”

“Enterprise customers use Wickr to keep communications between employees and business partners private while remaining compliant with regulatory requirements.”

AWS is offering Wickr services effective immediately, however, current Wickr users shouldnt see any significant changes for the time being.

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