LG launches Gate to secure Android phones for BYOD workplaces
LG Electronics is rolling out Gate, an enterprise-grade technologies package that enables professional users to securely access corporate work resources from any location using their personal Android smartphone.
Initially launching on the LG G2, Gate promises a private and business virtualization experience allowing users to run two operating systems on a single mobile device, effectively separating their business information and applications from their personal content. Gate also features support for Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Exchange ActiveSync messaging protocol, virtual private network and mobile device management tools as well as encryption technology.
"With the increasing popularity of BYOD, employees and IT managers alike are demanding improved work solutions for mobile devices," said LG President and CEO Jong-seok Park. "LG Gate satisfies the need for both company security and individual privacy."
LG Gate recalls rival Samsung's Knox security solution, also designed to make Android phones more suitable for business users. Knox touts a three-pronged approach to device security including a customizable secure boot, ARM TrustZone-based integrity measurement architecture and a kernel with built-in security enhancements for Android access controls.
Android security must improve for the platform to expand its enterprise footprint. The Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)-led mobile OS is under attack by more than a million malware threats and high-risk applications, according to data issued by security software firm Trend Micro.
Seventy-five percent of questionable apps identified by Trend Micro perform outright malicious routines like sending messages to certain numbers and registering users to costly services, while the remaining 25 percent exhibit dubious routines, including adware.
Security experts have blamed Android fragmentation for the platform's vulnerabilities, noting that the vast majority of devices run older versions of the Android OS, preventing them from receiving new security measures delivered by Google and leaving users exposed to threats. Critics also maintain that Google has failed to sufficiently police its Google Play digital storefront, making it easy for attackers to distribute malware via Android apps.
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