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BlackBerry partners with IBM, unveils high-security Samsung tablet

The BlackBerry owned-company Secusmart has unveiled a new high-security tablet at CeBIT, a technology conference in Hanover, Germany.
Under CEO John Chen, BlackBerry has worked in recent months to strengthen partnerships with corporate clients and relations with the enterprise market. (Manu Fernandez/The Associated Press)

The BlackBerry owned-company Secusmart has unveiled a new high-security tablet at CeBIT, a technology conference in Hanover, Germany.

Developed alongside IBM and Samsung, the SecuTABLET is based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and uses IBM's "secure app wrapping technology."

"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," Secusmart said in a weekend news release.

Secusmart was acquired by BlackBerry in December 2014. The Dusseldorf-based company is known for its expertise in encryption and anti-eavesdropping technology.

"Personal applications or those that are not additionally secured, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and WhatsApp, can also be used."

The SecuTABLET is targeted at public sector and corporate customers.

BlackBerry has been trying to pivot its business model away from the consumer market under the leadership of Chen, who joined the company in late 2013.

His strategy has focused on cementing new relationships with corporate clients, as services and software revenues begin to eclipse the money it makes from handsets.

Last year, BlackBerry announced an initial partnership with Samsung, giving owners of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets the option of linking with BlackBerry's new mobile security software, known as BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12.

With files from The Canadian Press

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