LG smartphones approved for DOD, allies

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Two newer LG smartphone models have joined the select list of official devices that can be used by Department of Defense employees, according to the handset manufacturer and a DOD website.

Both the LG G5 and V10 received a security certification from the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency, as well as a certification by the National Information Assurance Partnership, which administers independent tests to see if the devices are reliable and secure.

NIAP certification is recognized by 25 countries in addition to the U.S., including Canada, France, Japan and other American allies.

LG’s older models, the G3 and G4 also received DISA certifications.

The double stamp of approval will bring a much-needed increase to the range of choices for certain federal offices, said, AFCEA DC Mobile Steering Committee Chairman Randy Siegel told Fedscoop. Siegel is also the founder of Centercircle, which consults for LG.

“The federal government is doing the right thing by actively encouraging device diversity,” he said. “It’s one more choice in the market for workers.”

There are only a handful of devices that have met the approval needed to become DOD-official, Siegel said, including Blackberrys, certain Samsung devices and certain versions of Apple’s IOS and Windows Mobile. 

With the the LG handsets’ inclusion, buyers have access to the phone’s different features, including a removable battery and SD card, Siegel said. And with more companies vying for federal attention, Siegel said, extra competition will lead to better products.

“The environment is being set so that companies must really compete against each other in terms of feature functionality, security and of course price,” Siegel said.

The phones come equipped with LG’s encryption technology from 2013, LG GATE. The advanced tech has secure email options, supports VPN, and can remotely wipe the phone’s memory.

The two phones also use AES256 encryption, one of the most robust security options and an important factor for federal approval, Siegel said.

“With the growing importance of higher security in business these days, we believe firm security platform is a must for mobile workplace devices,” LG Mobile Communications Vice President and Head of Marketing Communications Chris Yie said in a press release Friday. 

“GATE certification is confirmation that LG smartphones are among the most secure mobile devices available today.” 

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