BlackBerry is slowly coming back into the enterprise tablet space with the SecuTABLET. However, it is a collaborative effort, created by Secusmart, owned by BlackBerry, in collboration with IBM and based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.
The device is aimed at “international public sector markets and enterprises” so that data subject to special security requirements can be used on the move along with personal applications.
A release said the solution is undergoing certification at the German Federal Office for Information Security for the German VS-NfD (classified – for official use only) security rating.
“Security is ingrained in every part of BlackBerry’s portfolio, which includes voice and data encryption solutions,” said Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, CEO of Secusmart GmbH, a BlackBerry company. “National and international government customers have entrusted their voice and data communications with the Secusmart Security Card for years. This same technology is what secures the new SecuTABLET. Working alongside IBM and Samsung, we have added the last link in the chain of the Federal Security Network. Subject to certification of the SecuTABLET, German government agencies will have a new way to access to BlackBerry’s most secure and complete communications network in the world.”
IBM has provided the secure app wrapping technology for the SecuTABLET, and assists in implementing the high security solutions by Secusmart within the infrastructures of the various clients inside the governmental sector.
“The SecuTABLET closes a supply gap and opens up for government and administrations an opportunity to derive greater benefit from digitization and the mobile Internet, with system integration as a fundamental success factor,” said Stefan Hefter, Senior Management Consultant with IBM. “We have contributed our longstanding expertise as a system integrator for mobile solutions. The technology used to make mobile apps secure by means of so-called wrapping has already proven its worth in the United States.”
Incidentally, BlackBerry is the only mobile device management (MDM) vendor that has achieved the “Full Operational Capability” level of certification for operation on U.S. Department of Defense Networks. Its BlackBerry 10 smartphones were the first to be approved by NATO for classified communications up to “Restricted” level.