Opinion: Blackberry Stays, Obama Can Breath Again

There’s a huge chance that President Obama was doing a victory dance when he got the word: The Blackberry can stay. He gets to keep his beloved mobile because of Sectera Edge technology.

President Barack Obama has been trying to figure out how he would survive without his Blackberry. Once a man becomes a president they have to give up certain things. He knew that the Blackberry was one of them. Turns out he was wrong. As News.zdnet.com reports:

Barack Obama, though, is a serious e-mail addict. “I’m still clinging to my BlackBerry,” he said in a recent interview with CNBC. “They’re going to pry it out of my hands.”

Sectera Edge from General Dynamics has saved the day. The company allows for encryption above the standard TOP SECRET voice conversions.

Now Obama will only have to deal with having the Blackberry out of his hands long enough for the encryption to be installed. The cost is $3,350 and comes with a two-year warranty.

“It’s not just the flow of information,” Obama said in the recent interview. “I mean, I can get somebody to print out clips for me, and I can read newspapers. What it has to do with is having mechanisms where you are interacting with people who are outside of the White House in a meaningful way. And I’ve got to look for every opportunity to do that–ways that aren’t scripted, ways that aren’t controlled, ways where, you know, people aren’t just complimenting you or standing up when you enter into a room, ways of staying grounded.”

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The encoding is acceptable with three separate modules. It works on the Wi-Fi, GSM, or CDMA networks, and is dust-proof, waterproof, and rugged enough to survive repeated 4-foot drops onto concrete.

The GPS feature may have been disabled on Obama’s Blackberry also. That positioning feature can create security concerns. Bush’s White House aides are said to have done the same.

James Atkinson, president of Granite Island Group, an engineering firm that helps the government protect classified networks and equipment, pointed this out as a possible security vulnerability.

“You can identify where a person is without gaining access to the cell phone network just by the timing of the signals, Atkinson said. “You can identify who is sitting in which seat in a conference room from a couple thousand feet away.”

Obama and Cabinet now only have to deal with not using Instant Messaging in the White House itself.

I think they will cope.


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