In what appears to be a bigger push into the secure messaging space, Amazon AWS just announced he will acquire Wickr.
Founded in 2011, Wickr’s core service is based on enterprise end-to-end encryption for messaging, conferencing, and file transfer, with The wicker also claims the distinction of Wickr RAM being “the only collaboration service with full functionality to meet all defined security criteria” by the NSA.
Even though AWS provides hosting capacity for all kinds of cloud services, AWS is a relatively small player in the messaging space, with the only other similar offering from AWS being Carillon, which is another meeting and video conferencing tool available as part of AWS’s growing portfolio of commercial services, although Chime does not support E2E encryption.
Although the terms of the deal were not disclosed, TechCrunch said via Pitchbook that Wickr had raised $ 60 million in funding, and even with an outsized valuation, AWS’s acquisition of Wickr is a drop in the bucket compared to AWS revenue of approximately $ 45 billion in 2020.
In the AWS announcement message, AWS vice president and chief information security officer Stephen Schmidt said that AWS would begin offering Wickr’s services to AWS customers “immediately,” although Schmidt did not provide any indication of the impact of the Wickr acquisition on Chime or other AWS services in the future. .
That said, with Wickr’s claims that encrypted communication meets government guidelines, I wouldn’t be surprised if AWS would consider using Wickr to help win contracts to manage military communication in the future. Currently, Wickr services are divided into several categories, including solutions for the military, government departments, state and local governments, and businesses.
In addition to providing secure collaboration tools for businesses to share encrypted messages or files within their organization, Wickr also supports self-destructing messages which automatically delete themselves after a specified amount of time.