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|Globe says in Ottawa, BlackBerry yields to Samsung|
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Monday July 31 2017 - In the News
The Globe and Mail reports in its Monday edition that BlackBerrys remain the smart phone of choice for federal employees. The Globe's Shane Dingman writes that picking bureaucrats out of the crowd is about to become more difficult. Over the next 18 months, Ottawa's sprawling IT department, Shared Services Canada, will begin offering alternative devices in what it calls "a new approach to mobile service to better serve its clients, use new technology and adapt to changes in the marketplace." Samsung Electronics will be the first vendor of an Android-based smart phone approved for federal employees, winding down BlackBerry's long-held dominance. Samsung finally has devices that match the gold standard set BlackBerry's past hardware efforts. It took two years for Samsung to stickhandle through Shared Service's requirements. The company had to prove that, like BlackBerry, it could pass several military-grade certifications required by agencies such as the spymasters at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE). Samsung said Canada will be the 30th government that has adopted Samsung Knox for its secure environments.