BlackBerry Ltd. is back in the tablet game. This time the company is collaborating with IBM and Samsung Electronics in the release of a device based on the Korean conglomerate’s Galaxy Tab 6 10.5 that has been security hardened with mobile communication protection software from Secusmart GmbH, a company owned by BlackBerry.
The SecuTABLET will be launched with IBM at the CeBIT 2015 exhibition and conference in Hannover, Germany.
The tablet was developed for use by national and international government agencies. It features the anti-eavesdropping application from Vodafone Secure call prevents interception of mobile voice calls from any platform of device.
The device is also protected by SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10, a high-security solution that is currently used for mobile communications of German and other foreign governments and agencies.
The security solution on the SecuTABLET provides users with security for enterprise data and communication while allowing tem run non-secure apps such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and WhatsApp on the same device.
The solution is undergoind certification at the German Federal Office for Information Security for the German VS-NfD (classified for official use only) security rating.
An IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study on mobility impact found that 63 per cent of public sector respondents would appreciate mobile access to their specialized applications like budget and controlling. These data are subject to special security requirements. Access via conventional mobile devices is ruled out, the study said.
“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.