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OK Labs and LG Developing "Defense-Grade" Mobile Devices

Ultra-Secure Smartphones and Tablets to Support Mobile Productivity and Communications for Federal, Military and Civilian Employees of the US Government

CHICAGO, IL and SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA and BARCELONA, SPAIN -- (Marketwire) -- 02/27/12 -- Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs), provider of embedded virtualization software for mobile and connected devices, and LG Electronics, a manufacturer of Mobile Smartphones and Tablets, today announced a partnership to create "Defense-Grade" mobile devices in support of a DoD contract with OK Labs. These ultra-secure smartphones, tablets and other devices will integrate key elements of the OK Labs High Assurance Framework and deploy the OKL4 Microvisor to virtualize Android, other mobile platforms and off-the-shelf mobile software, isolating mission-critical and personal operations modes.

In government as in enterprise, IT departments are faced with seemingly incompatible demands -- to support mobile workers with secure communications, applications and access to organizational resources; and to accommodate those same workers' desires to carry the latest smartphones and tablets for personal communications, productivity and lifestyle computing. Today, the strictures of national and organizational security limit the choices for secure devices and applications, forcing workers to carry multiple phones and/or tablets -- one for work and other(s) for personal use.

With the High Assurance Framework (HAF), OK Labs and LG will enhance mobile devices which may enable federal, military and civilian government employees to carry a single ultra-secure device to meet the challenges of today's increasingly hostile cyber-environment. HAF may also let those organizations accommodate the personal communications and productivity needs of employees and service personnel.

"Through this contract with DoD and partnerships with LG and other members of the mobile ecosystem, OK Labs is meeting the secure mobile computing challenge," commented Carl Nerup, VP Global Business and Corporate Development, OK Labs. "The mobile experience doesn't have to be an insecure one -- not for employees nor for the organizations that employ them. The High Assurance Framework provides a means to integrate best-in-breed secure software components with COTS mobile hardware for cost-effective 'Defense-Grade' security."

Key Facts

  • OK Labs and LG are working in partnership to develop and deliver "Defense-Grade" security in next-generation mobile devices

  • These devices will build on the OK Labs High Assurance Framework, integrating best-in-breed secure software components, including the OKL4 Microvisor for hardware-based mobile virtualization

  • The resulting ultra-secure smartphones, tablets and other devices from LG may serve the mobile computing needs of federal, defense and civilian government workers

  • High Assurance Framework white paper is now available for download

About OK Labs High Assurance Framework

The OK Labs High Assurance Framework (HAF) provides an architecture and vision for integrating best-in-breed software components to build ultra-secure COTS mobile devices. HAF builds on the OKL4 Microvisor and draws on the existing mobile and enterprise software ecosystem, selection and integration of over a dozen key functional areas (including anti-virus, authentication, data encryption, mobile device management, secure email, VPN and others) from pre-approved software suppliers.

To learn more about the High Assurance Framework and Defense-grade mobile security, download the OK Labs white paper.

About Open Kernel Labs

Open Kernel Labs is the global leader in virtualization software for securing wireless communications, applications, and content. OK Labs software, deployed on more than 1.6 billion devices worldwide, enables security for wireless access of corporate and government assets while protecting everything that runs on the device. Chipset suppliers, mobile and automotive OEMs, national security agencies and contractors, mobile network operators, and enterprise IT depend on OK Labs to deliver high-assurance solutions that decrease BOM cost, reduce complexity, and speed time-to-market.

About LG Electronics, Inc.

LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 93,000 people working in over 120 operations around the world. With 2010 global sales of KRW 55.8 trillion (USD 48.2 billion), LG comprises four business units -- Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, and Air Conditioning & Energy Solutions. LG is one of the world's leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. For more information, please visit

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