The new SecuTablet from Blackberry is simply a modified Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 with additional software developed as a joint project by Blackberry and IBM. the result is a high security tablet computer that is secure enough for government work.
“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 BlackBerry’s most secure and complete communications network in the world.”
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 right and can be seamlessly integrated into existing SecuSUITE infrastructures.
There is but one drawback: this device is so expensive that only governments can afford it: 2,250 euros or $2,360 US. Perhaps a few security-minded corporations can also afford it but I don’t see this tablet computer gaining much acceptance amongst consumers.
You can read the official announcement from BlackBerry at http://goo.gl/SXJMLh.