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By | Kelly Fiveash 15th March 2015 11:00

Blackberry touts UNCERTIFIED 'secure' slab in hunt for public sector biz

Ties deal with Samsung and IBM

CeBIT 2015 Blackberry unveiled what it claimed was a "high-security tablet" in Hannover on Saturday – even though the device awaits approval from Germany's infosec agency.

The vendor showed off its latest product – dubbed SecuTABLET, which is based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 – at the annual CeBIT trade show.

Blackberry said in a canned statement:

With the new secure tablet for national and international public sector markets and enterprises, data that is subject to special security requirements can be used on the move. Personal applications or those that are not additionally secured, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and WhatsApp, can also be used.

But the product was yet to be certified by the German Federal Office for Infosec with its VS-NfD (classified – for official use only) security rating. It is currently being assessed by the agency.

Some might also argue that it's a bit of a stretch to brand SecuTABLET a Blackberry device – given that the fondleslab doesn't appear to even run the firm's operating system.

Besides from Blackberry's tie-in with Samsung, it also worked with Big Blue on SecuTABLET. IBM provided its "secure app wrapping" tech. ®

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