As awareness about the importance of cyber security grows in the corporate and small business worlds, many companies are looking for ways they can keep their communications safe and reduce the threat of hacking, cyber attacks, and malware. Unfortunately, many of the most common tools — anti-virus software, firewalls, etc. — are not up to the task of defending against the more sophisticated threats.

Data shows that the total amount of malware has exploded in the last 10 years, with an unprecedented boom in new malware starting in 2013. Most devices have some sort of malware on them, and once a device is infected it can get around many security protocols. A growing number of businesses are turning to PGP encrypted BlackBerry smartphones as a way of providing guaranteed secure end-to-end communication within their organizations.

If you want to know how to get a BlackBerry encrypted phone for your business that will keep your information safe and your communications private, here are a few things you should keep in mind when trying to find a provider.

Don’t Trust Every PGP Provider

Because PGP software is open source, anyone can use it. This has allowed a number of unstable small-scale providers to crop up who don’t necessarily have the expertise and up-to-date security knowledge to be able to guarantee best use of the software.

When looking for a provider, trust businesses that already have established reputations in the world of encryption and cyber security. Do a little research and see if you can find out whether they have registered offices and effective customer service. Some of the larger players, like Calgary’s Myntex, have been involved in PGP BlackBerry encryption for years, and can provide reliable, cutting edge service that is also transparent and secure.

Look For A PGP Provider With A Large Whitelist 

In order to maintain its security, a PGP encrypted BlackBerry can only communicate with devices that are on a shared whitelist — a database of clients whose devices are also secure. This means that if you want to communicate externally with other businesses using encryption, you will want to go with a provider who can offer an extensive whitelist.

Not only will this make doing business secure, it allows for more seamless communication both internally and externally, and opens up easier communications with business partners.

Don’t Forget Customer Service 

Your relationship with your PGP encryption provider won’t end when you set up your system, so make sure that the provider you end up choosing provides high quality customer service and support. You are going to be using your encrypted devices at all hours seven days a week, so you want to make sure that customer support will be able to provide help whenever you need it.

With every year bringing more stories of high-profile cyber attacks on some of the world’s most secure businesses and organizations, don’t risk leaving your business unprotected. Find a reliable encryption provider and keep your confidential information confidential.