LG Electronics announced Friday that its powerful smartphones LG G5 and V10 have gained the US government’s approval for enterprise and military use. The US National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) has certified its devices for meeting international security standards in corporate and military environments. With the rising importance of security in corporate and government environments, LG hopes the certification will boost its appeal in the BYOD scene.
LG GATE makes the job difficult for hackers
Though consumers are the biggest market for smartphone vendors, markets like enterprise, government and education have become increasingly important. Gaining the US government’s approval should help LG in other countries as well because those criteria are also recognized by several countries including Canada, the UK, India, France, Germany and Japan.
The Korean company said its phones were able to gain approval thanks to the Guarded Access To Enterprise (GATE) technology. It offers enhanced network, platform and application security for worry-free access to enterprise data. Along with Google’s Android for Work, GATE separates and secures work applications from personal apps. It makes it extremely difficult for hackers to compromise sensitive data on your phone.
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LG G5’s predecessors were also certified
LG G5 and V10 are not the only smartphones from Korea to get the US government’s certification. Samsung’s Knox security software-equipped flagship smartphones have been certified by the US NIAP for many years now. LG’s own G3 and G4 had been approved by the US government. LG developed the GATE security platform in 2013 to provide layered security solutions such as mobile device management and anti-hacking systems for enterprise smartphones.
LG G5 and its Friends accessories went for sale in the United States last month. The device boasts of a 5.3-inch display, Snapdragon 820 processor, rear-mounted home button/fingerprint sensor, and 2,800mAh battery. The G5 comes with 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel wide-angle dual camera setup on the back, and 8MP front-facing camera. Friends are modular accessories that add extra functionality to the device.