Canadian based Research in Motion announced today that the Playbook Tablet has been given security certification to be used by U.S. federal government agencies. This is the first tablet ever to get official certification and bodes well for RIM.
“This certification demonstrates our continued commitment to meeting the needs of security-conscious organizations and enables the U.S. federal government to buy with confidence knowing that the PlayBook meets their computing policy requirements for protecting sensitive information,” RIM senior vice-president Scott Totzke said in a statement.
RIM has always been known for strong security with their email and is the phone of choice for many people concerned with privacy issues.It is too bad the Playbook tablet does not have any email, something the company is well known for. In order to get calender, address book or email you have to use the companies Bridge software to tether it to your phone. Speaking of the Blackberry phone, it is the device that many government agencies and executives use in their daily lives. It is this relationship that has allowed RIM to push the Playbook on the government. No orders for the playbook have been made by the USA government.
RIM recently announced that it had shipped 500,000 Playbooks out to its various retail channels, but there are no reports on how many customers actually purchased.
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