BlackBerry Ltd has developed a highly secure tablet in a partnership with Samsung for Germany. The company announced at the IFA Berlin conference that its SecuTABLET is being used by government agencies in Germany to secure their online communications. Last month, the Ontario, Canada-based company unveiled DTEK50TM, which it claimed is “the world’s most secure Android smartphone.”
BlackBerry SecuTABLET Meets Germany Strict Security Guidelines
The SecuTABLET tablet, based on the latest version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, provides top-level protection against online spying.
The highly secure tablet is integrated with government-grade MAM technology. It has been approved by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) at the “classified – for official use only” (VS-NfD) security level. In addition, the German government is also using SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 to secure its mobile voice and data communications.
The smartphone company said that its SecuTABLET meets the strict security guidelines set by German government agencies. 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.
In the SecuTABLET, the company integrated a software that provides Certificate Management for managing all keys and certifications stored in the Secusmart Security Card and VPN for cryptographically secured data communication. The company plans to add Secusmart’s secure voice technology later this year.
The SecuTABLET uses Samsung’s Knox security platform and BlackBerry’s MAM platform to allow users to access both business apps and personal apps for working securely, while meeting the strict security requirements of German government agencies.
“With the SecuTABLET, for the first time, we are combining secure software and hardware from multiple manufacturers into a joint solution. Receiving approval from the BSI confirms our resolve to offer solutions that combine maximum security with ease of operation and that are always available on the very latest hardware,” said Dr. Christoph Erdmann, Managing Director of Secusmart.
BlackBerry Hub: Secure Messaging Inbox
Recently, BlackBerry Ltd introduced a software licensing program allowing the BlackBerry Hub and other applications to be available on devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. As a result, 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.
Samsung’s Knox mobile security platform is also available on the SecuTABLET. This mobile security platform separates sensitive information from personal data, allowing users to easily and securely switch between using their device for business and personal purposes.
“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. The SecuTABLET is an impressive example of this,” stated Sascha Lekic, director of B2B sales, IT and mobile communication at Samsung.
BlackBerry did not provide details about its partnership with Samsung. The company noted that its SecuTABLET is available worldwide.
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