Blackberry Launches Security Focused Tablet with Samsung and IBM

By CIOReview | Monday, March 16, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Blackberry, in conjunction with Samsung and IBM, has unveiled SecuTABLET –a security focused tablet –to add to its existing range of secure mobile devices, reports Frances Kerry for Reuters.

The new tablet, which is based on Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 10.5, has been developed by Blackberry’s Secusmart unit. At the core of this device, is the unit’s encryption technology which is currently being used by the governments of Canada and Germany to safeguard against eavesdropping.

A report in FirstPost notes that the launch of this device is Blackberry’s second effort to enter the tablet market; first one being the PlayBook tablet which was introduced in 2011. It also opines that this move is a pointer to the company’s aim to acquire new technology through acquisitions, after John Chen took over as the Chief Executive.

If Samsung’s Tablet serves as a base for it, SecuTABLET leverages IBM technology to organize work and personal applications separately, leading to enhanced security. It is expected to hit the market very soon. 

"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,” says r. Hans-Christoph Quelle, Chief Executive Officer, Secusmart GmbH.