[citation][nom]Lan[/nom]Good to know that the Govt is trying to keep up with the times. I can't help but wonder what features are missing from the average tablet that make this a security conscious choice.[/citation]
Certain companies IT policy only allow for certified products. No other tablet in the market right now has the certifications that the playbook has, not even the iPad. So if those companies need tablets they will need to get those tablets. (I'm not talking about the typical business you would think thats primary use is email, but for the High level business CEOs, and High Tech where security is the number one concern.
[citation][nom]jvc21[/nom]I totally read the title wrong (It's 2am over here). I thought it said "Playboy approved for Government Use by Feds"Then again, I could also be right...[/citation]
I think you're a bit late on that particular piece of news.... I hear it's the preferred reading material in the men's bathroom at the Pentagon...
[citation][nom]EnFoRceR22[/nom]Not surprised.. Its a blackberry.[/citation]
Nope....I'm sure Apple has a few exceptionally vague patents and a "decease and desist" order request already filed just this type of occassion.... We just haven't heard about it yet...
[citation][nom]belardo[/nom]So.... of course the blackberry tablet has certification... it doesn't do anything.Trust me, a Commodore 64 is one of the most secure computers you can use.[/citation]
Cos it doesn't have internet access and you can only use it locally? Big shock.
The fact that one of the countries biggest purchasers, the Federal Government, has put it on a list of approved products based on security standards means any other organisation that relies on security will flock to it. Financial organisations, etc, lots of sales here.
I work with iPads at my work, doing deployments and all that. BB is better device hands down (better OS in my opinion), it i's just sloppy RIM business execution that may have doomed the device, but this is a good news. Now they will definitely not cancel the PlayBook since there is a lot of $$ to be made when government picks it up and we'll see the email client coming.
FIPS 140-2 certification is a big deal. No device can be used with out, no software can be approved without it. It can costs tens of thousands of USD to get a simply software package certified as FIPS 140-2, and that's assuming the software was written to be compliant from the beginning. If it wasn't then the costs can easy surpass $100K per application. For an entire device to be certified, that's some serious cash.
But the benefit is that it'll now be in the Government Purchasing Catalog and organizations can purchase them for Operational use.
Don't see this going too far in classified areas with that "beautiful" 1080p videa camera... sure they can probably disable it, but that won't give some people enough of a warm fuzzy. When I was in the Air Force, we were not allowed to bring in phones that had built in cameras into classified areas for obvious reasons.
If they try to disable it, I'm sure there will be some nut out there looking for a way to re-enable it so they can become the next famous leak for wikileaks and the like.
[citation][nom]back_by_demand[/nom]Cos it doesn't have internet access and you can only use it locally? Big shock.[/citation]
Hmm I remember hooking a modem up to a 64 and connecting to the net. But that was in the time when a techie was actually someone who made his/her own modem not whailing that an item "have no internet access".
[citation][nom]sykozis[/nom]I think you're a bit late on that particular piece of news.... I hear it's the preferred reading material in the men's bathroom at the Pentagon...Nope....I'm sure Apple has a few exceptionally vague patents and a "decease and desist" order request already filed just this type of occassion.... We just haven't heard about it yet...[/citation]
Arghhhhh come on, give 'em a break; I guess it could at least take some folks' minds of wasting money and starting wars, even if only for a couple of minutes.
Every terrorist group and their mothers have access to the source code and keys for RIM products. RIM made sure of that when they gave up to the demands of hostile/oppressive governments just to sell in their market.