"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." --Bishop Desmond Tutu

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The President and the Blackberry

Those of you who have followed Obama closely know that he is a "Crackberry" addict (like me and many others). Well this poses a serious problem for the leader of the free world since the Blackberry isn't secure. Well, it isn't secure enough for government use, let alone Presidential use. But he has fought tooth and nail to keep his Blackberry (something about prying it from his cold, dead hands...). Apparently he and the Whitehouse Communications Team have arrived at a compromise. For his personal communications, he will be allowed to continue to use his Blackberry. But for official communications he will need something else. Something more secure, more robust, more... cool.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the General Dynamics Sectéra® Edge™ SME PED (Secure Mobile Environment Portable Electronic Device).
A veritable digital fortress in a hand held device. This thing supports both NSA secure data and voice communications end-to-end.

And talk about features... You get a lot for the $3,500 price tag (connectivity extra!)
  • Versatile
    • Secure and non-secure wireless phone, e-mail and web browsing
    • Withstands rigors of both tactical and everyday environments
    • Global roaming over GSM, CDMA or Wi-Fi* wireless networks
    • Software upgradeable to VoIP
    • Exchange secure e-mail with government personnel, including S/MIME BlackBerry® users
    • IPv6 software upgradeable
  • Easy-to-Use
    • Familiar Microsoft® Windows® Platform
    • Wireless desktop synchronization
    • Separation of Classified and Unclassified applications
    • One-touch switching between classified and unclassified PDA functions
  • Advanced Security Features
    • Secure wireless access to the SIPRNET and NIPRNET
    • DoD PKI enabled Common Access Card (CAC) support
    • Supports DoD 8100.2 requirements
    • Type 1 encrypted storage of classified data
    • Can be used inside closed areas with “SCIF-Friendly” feature
Wait a sec... Windows? This thing runs Windows??? So much for national security!

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