Beneath the futuristically curved chassis and beautiful screen lie hooks in its software to enhance productivity and protect users from common threats in the mobile environment. This is LG GATE, or Guarded Access to Enterprise and is a security and business solution employing 4 key pillars to take BYOD to the next level. Originally introduced in the second half of 2013 with the launch of the LG G2, GATE furthers its presence in the LG smartphone portfolio on the exciting new G Flex.
Exchange Activesync (EAS)
Sure you can get corporate email on Android phones, even the Nexus line of devices. But GATE take things a step further with enhancements to both the UI of the mail client as well as management and compose capabilities embedded into LG's own mail client for Android. Some of these include:
Secure Email - S/MIME and IRM support
Out of Office Setting
Reply / Forward status on Email
HTML Email Support
One of the things recently discovered by a colleague of mine was that when creating email, there are all sorts of options when composing emails, including ability to change the color of the email you send, embed pictures, and even draw on images you embed. It's a far cry from text only based email and something I can really see business customers latching onto that will allow them to compose engaging and immersive messages. Great for advertising and marketing companies or anyone who wants to put a little mojo into their email. There are also enhancements to calendar, contacts, tasks and other security features.
Available / Busy Lookup
Global Address List Lookup with Photo
Device / SD Card Encryption
Remote Wipe / Lock
Password Policy Enforcement
Allow-Block-Quarantine by Device Types or Models
Email, Contact, Calendar, and Task Sync
Configurable Sync Interval
Auto Discover by Email Address and Password
With FIPS 140-2 government grade encryption, GATE employs high level cipher strength to protect data at the handset level. Encryption on smartphones is a basic entry point into most businesses with any type of security policy. If a device cannot be encrypted, chances are they're not going to even look at it.
"The LG GATE security solution protects data stored on the device and SD cards from unauthorized access by utilizing a government grade FIPS 140-2 certified crypto module and AES 256 bit encryption algorithm. This DARE (Data At Rest Encryption) feature can be activated on the device manually or by IT departments through EAS/MDM servers."
Another area of security that businesses insist on having on modern mobile devices is VPN. LG GATE employs IPsec and SSL VPN to ensure that users can gain secure access to corporate resources behind the firewall, all from the convenience of their smart looking new G Flex phone.
"LG GATE supports the full features of IPSec VPN using a government grade FIPS 140-2 certified crypto module. It allows enterprises to build secure communications over public network infrastructures. It enables several different major gateways including IPSec and SSL VPN. Interoperability tests have been completed with the major gateways" - LG
LG's VPN supports all of the major VPN endpoint vendors:
But from a business perspective, it's all well and good to have protection at the device level, but how to you manage several (or several hundred, or several thousand) devices that are brought into your company? With mobile device management, or MDM of course. LG's MDM APIs are leveraged through GATE and work with top MDM/EMM vendors such as Airwatch who Sprint has a strong partnership with.
Finally, Private and Business Virtualization offers customers options for delivering secure content to device endpoints without the need to physically store anything on the device via type 2 hypervisor support through LG's partnership with VMWare, Virtualization is a solution many business customers are already using today or are strongly considering in the future. It reduces risk while delivering access to behind the firewall content that their users need.
Enables IT manager to remotely manage corporate data on mobile devices
Enterprise-owned and managed with Web-based monitoring tool
Support corporate security and policies
Any Android app can be deployed to the work person without any modification
Enables user to protect their personal data and to separate from their work
Complete separation of personal and corporate assets
Most consumers will never see or experience many of the powerful business security capabiltiies that exist on the G Flex, but they are there lying dormant and waiting to be invoked. LG has found another way to make their lineup of Android devices compelling and they continue to show that they are a force to be reckoned with in the market. Beyond cutting edge specs, design and hardware, LG also has a focus on the business space and things will only get more interesting from here and we can't wait to see what they come up with next!
Until next time,
The Product Ambassador Team
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