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BlackBerry, Samsung supply ‘spy-proof’ tablets to German government


September 2, 2016  


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BlackBerry Ltd. announced today at the IFA Berlin conference that its SecuTABLET is being used by government agencies in Germany to ensure its staff can work on the go without falling victim to espionage.

BlackBerry’s tablet, integrated with government-grade MAM technology, is based on the latest version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, and was approved by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) at the “classified – for official use only” (VS-NfD) security level.

The SecuTABLET is the latest BlackBerry cross-platform offerings that fulfills the strict security guidelines set by German government agencies, Blackberry said in a release. SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 had also received approval and has long been used by the German government to secure its mobile voice and data communications.

The SecuTABLET uses the Secusmart Security card responsible for securely encrypting the transfer of mobile data as well as encrypting all the information stored on the device. Also integrated into the tablet is software that provides Certificate Management for managing all keys and certifications stored in the Secusmart Security Card and VPN for cryptographically secured data communication.

Secusmart’s  secure voice technology will be added later this year. In conjunction with Samsung’s Knox security platform and BlackBerry’s MAM platform, the SecuTABLET enables users to access both business apps for working securely on the go and personal apps, “while meeting the strict security requirements of German government agencies.”

BlackBerry recently launched a software licensing program that enables the BlackBerry Hub and other applications to be available on devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This means the BlackBerry Hub is now the SecuTABLET’s centralized and secure messaging inbox, collecting all messages, such as emails, calendar entries and any application notifications in one organized location, the company said.

Samsung has also made its Knox mobile security platform available on the SecuTABLET. Knox is able to separate sensitive information from personal data, meaning that users can securely switch between using their device for business and personal purposes.

“Our collaboration with BlackBerry’s Secusmart is a testimony to our commitment to mobile security,” said Sascha Lekic, Director of B2B Sales, IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics GmbH. “Samsung Knox has allowed us to add an extra level of security to the use of Android on Samsung smartphones and to create a foundation on which to develop mobile security solutions.”