Thanks to the increasing influence of technology, a significant portion of our life is stored on the web today. However, the number of encroachments and attacks upon our private data have gone drastically up in recent times.
The issue can acquire devastating proportions when the data in question is of a classified nature, say that belongs to a government. Well, Samsung and BlackBerry claim to have created the perfect device to deal with these security concerns.
The SecuTablet has been created specifically to suit the requirements of the German government, although it will fit right in, almost everywhere that requires a high degree of security for data. Samsung and BlackBerry are linking arms in their attempt to create a device that could provide a viable option to those routinely handling classified information on their electronic devices.
There is no word on what kind of agreement has been reached between the trio of the German government, Samsung and BlackBerry. However with BlackBerry, which of late is being recognised more for the security of its platform than the devices it produces, joining the efforts, we can expect something that is pretty well-defended from outside attackers.
Samsung has been known to collaborate with other companies in the past to augment its offerings. In 2015, Samsung and BlackBerry has joined forces with IBM, to create a highly modified version of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. The device was pretty expensive at $2,380 and was definitely not meant for the average user. However, there is a huge market for high-end, secure devices and plenty of people willing to pay good money to keep their data secure.
Meanwhile, the new device is already being deployed by German government agencies and is globally available for sale. Based on the latest version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, the SecuTablet has been approved by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) at the “classified – for official use only” (VS-NfD)” security level.
The device uses the Secusmart Security card responsible for securely encrypting the transfer of mobile data as well as encrypting all the information already stored on the device. A combination of Samsung’s Knox security platform and BlackBerry’s MAM platform should have made it the perfect impregnable data fortress for classified information — or so we hope.
Speaking on the topic, Dr. Christoph Erdmann, Managing Director of Secusmart said,
With the SecuTABLET, for the first time, we are combining secure software and hardware from multiple manufacturers into a joint solution. Receiving approval from the BSI confirms our resolve to offer solutions that combine maximum security with ease of operation and that are always available on the very latest hardware.
Meanwhile, Samsung has provided the device with an extra layer of security in form of its Knox mobile security platform. The Knox platform is pretty handy considering that it allows users to reliably separate sensitive information from personal data. So, a user can easily switch between using their device for business and personal purposes.
Commenting upon the collaboration, Sascha Lekic, Director of B2B Sales, IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics GmbH said,
Samsung Knox has allowed us to add an extra level of security to the use of Android on Samsung smartphones and to create a foundation on which to develop mobile security solutions. The SecuTABLET is an impressive example of this.
Well, secure devices are certainly indispensable. Germany is not the only country attempting to ensure the safety of classifieds data. Meanwhile, BlackBerry’s role is pretty interesting too, since the company which was once known as having one of the most closed door ecosystems, appears to have come to terms with a new mode of business.