PlayBook becomes certified for U.S. government use

The latest tablet from Research in Motion receives FIPS 140-2 certification as required for official federal use

RIM certainly has something to boast about today, as the company has announced its PlayBook tablet received official certification from the U.S. federal government for use within the administration.

The 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,” said Senior Vice President of BlackBerry Security Scott Totzke. The BlackBerry brand has always been a favorite for many businesses in the U.S., but the fact that the PlayBook is the first tablet to receive recognition from the country’s federal government is a milestone for tablet devices in general.

The PlayBook is being showcased this week at the U.S. federal government information technology conference, probably for government officials to familiarize themselves with the tablet’s functions and operating system. According to the press release, the PlayBook has also been awarded Best in Show and Best in Handheld Devices during the conference.

Check out some external reviews of the 7-inch PlayBook tablet here. The 16GB model can currently be bought for just $448 on Amazon.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-07-21 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.