BlackBerry & Samsung create 'spy-proof' tablet for German government

BlackBerry & Samsung create 'spy-proof' tablet for German government
BlackBerry has joined forces with rival Samsung to 'spy-proof' a tablet used by the German government to process classified information. Though the tablet — the Galaxy Tab S2 — includes Samsung KNOX as standard, BlackBerry's additional technologies and expertise ensure that sensitive information won't emanate from the so-called 'SecuTablet'. 

The Galaxy Tab S2 is a great bit of kit, even if it doesn't seem quite James Bond enough for a Government agent's repertoire. Since most of Bond's gadgets are as fictitious as the man himself, your everyday purveyor of classified intelligence must instead rely on the same tech as the general populous. Fortunately for such entities, companies like BlackBerry and Samsung exist. 

Both firms would have us think that their respective ecosystems are secure. Be that as it may, their collective doubling down on security as part of a deal with German governing agencies sounds a grand deal more robust. The modified version of the Tab S2 is complete with a security card, encryption and certification software infrastructure created by BlackBerry's Secusmart department, which it acquired back in 2014. Any data stored or transferred on the tablet is subsequently locked down. 

This isn't the first time that these companies have teamed up to produce high security tablets, either. Last year the duo — along with IBM — introduced a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 with a similar level of digital bulletproofing. That particular SecuTablet was said to be priced at around $2380, though there's no telling how much this newer tab — with apparently improved security features — costs.


source: Reuters

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27 Comments

3. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

That keyboard lag on your Samsung device tripping you up Sunshine? Also Samsung was chosen due to their expertise in self destructing devices, that comes in handy.

4. Carlitos

Posts: 663; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Am I the only one that's finding these comments kind of silly and annoying? Not trying to disrespect or anything, it's just kind of stupid and dum. It was kinda funny at first year, not really anymore

19. SR-72

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

Hey dopey. Samsung devices has never caused any human deaths unlike iphones. Lmao.

7. iDing-Dong unregistered

What no iPad?

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21751; Member since: May 28, 2014

So I guess I'll be the one to stay on topic :D It's great to see BlackBerry applying it's technology to other devices to help make them secure and function in the environments of which they are intended to. Just goes to show you that BlackBerry, like Samsung and others, are more so much more than just a handsets. Let's continue to see more of this, BlackBerry.

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It's just show that Blackberry is slowly putting both feet's in Android camp. And there a high chance that their improve security code would get merge into the standard ASOP code base just like Samsung Knox or maybe not. We would get to know in the coming years.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21751; Member since: May 28, 2014

I have no doubt that BlackBerry is aiming to get their security features merged with standard ASOP. Or, at the very least, license out their Secured version of Android to those OEM's that would like to use it.

23. lyndon420

Posts: 6713; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Ok...so the ones who spy on us get all the spy proof privileges eh? How comforting.

26. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

they said you can also buy the tablet

27. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

PA, moderate your member! Old users argue a lpt byt with respectable language. Now? Dissing instead of pointing out good arguments like Hilaryiscriminal & ctdog.

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