Watch for people wielding a BlackBerry Playbook in public – they could be undercover agents. That possibility emerged with the news that troubled Canadian telecommunication and wireless device company, Research In Motion, has received some good news: the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) has approved the BlackBerry PlayBook as tablet-of-choice for use within the Australian government’s operational communications.
The DSD is the Australian intelligence agency that looks after information security and foreign signals intelligence (SIGINT).
“The BlackBerry Playbook is the first tablet to be certified for deployment in Australian government departments,” RIM manager of security certifications, Asia-Pacific BlackBerry Security, Scott Deacon, said
The lightweight device, which includes a 7-inch high resolution display, will be used to pair data of restricted and protected levels, promising security through its support of Elliptical Curve Cryptography (ECC), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), and its ability to protect enterprise data when communicating with a BlackBerry smartphone.
Data will be paired through the BlackBerry Bridge application, where the PlayBook and smartphone will be transmitted through unique encryptions shared between the devices. The information received by the PlayBook is temporary, allowing periodic viewing, and permanent storage within the smartphone.
The news comes after the PlayBook has received a raft of less flattering reviews and at a time when smartphone and tablet users are flocking to Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Samsung products, leaving Research in Motion - and its BlackBerry products - with a lot of catching up to do if it wants to remain competitive.