Trustonic has renewed its security partnership with LG Electronics. The two companies first started working together in 2013, and the new deal ensures that Trustonic will continue to provide hardware and software security solutions for LG devices moving forward.
The arrangement primarily concerns the Trustonic Secured Platform (TSP), which will be used to protect LG smartphones. TSP includes Trustonic’s trusted execution environment (TEE), which processes sensitive information in an isolated area of the processor for additional security. The TEE supports key management, biometrics, and FIDO authentication, and is integrated into each device during manufacture.
TSP also includes the Trusted User Interface (TUI). App developers can use the TUI to hide sensitive inputs (like PINs) from the rest of the phone, thereby keeping that information safe even if the device itself has been compromised. The TUI can be paired with Trustonic Application Protection (TAP) to enable mobile banking, mobile payments, digital IDs, and other functions that require particularly high levels of trust and security.
TAP will be built into native LG apps (including LG Pay), while TSP will be integrated through LG’s System on Chip (SoC) platform partners. Trustonic will also provide LG with its Asset Lifecycle Protection Service (ALPS), which allows mobile operators to deactivate a lost or stolen phone. Doing so makes the device unusable and negates its resale value.
“Trustonic and LG agree that open and collaborative app and device security can enrich the mobile user experience,” said Trustonic CEO Dion Price. “This kind of collaboration is the only way to drive trust, which is fundamental to delivering innovative and secure mobile services.”
Trustonic’s Trusted Execution Environment recently received EMVCo certification. The company has since joined the Car Connectivity Consortium, and noted that its partnership with LG could support applications like digital keys in future generations of connected vehicles.