Blackberry Unveils Highly Secure Tablet SecuTABLET

Blackberry unveils highly secure tablet SecuTABLET The company partners with Samsung to modify
a Galaxy Tab tablet with high-security software, as the firms go after business and government
customers. BlackBerry is taking another stab at the tablet
business, albeit through a backdoor. On Saturday, at the CeBIT tech conference
in Germany, the company unveiled the SecuTablet — developed by Samsung, IBM and Secusmart,
a Germany-based security-software maker BlackBerry bought last year. The “high-security” tablet is a Samsung Galaxy
Tab S 10.5 modified with a Secusmart Security Card for voice and data encryption and with
IBM’s “app wrapping” to separate secured work apps from less secure personal ones, BlackBerry
said. BlackBerry has struggled to regain traction
since its smartphone market share began to plunge years ago. The company currently has
less than 1 percent share of the mobile market. John Chen, who took over as BlackBerry CEO
in late 2013, has been working to build the company back up bit by bit. Four years ago, BlackBerry introduced its
first tablet, the consumer-oriented PlayBook, only to see it rapidly sink before finally
discontinuing it altogether. The SecuTablet is set for release this summer. Its target
audience will be corporations and governments seeking to keep out spies and criminals. At the Mobile World Congress conference earlier
this month in Spain, Chen hinted at the company’s re-entry to the tablet market. “It’s not in
the works, but it’s on my mind,” Chen said at the time. Technically, the SecuTablet is not a BlackBerry
tablet because it doesn’t run BlackBerry’s operating system, so Chen may still have something
up his sleeve. Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security
is currently assessing the tablet to certify it for government use with classified information,
BlackBerry said.

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