Lookout

Cloud security

Senate
Approved

House
Approved

Updated August 24, 2018

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Senate
Approved

House
Approved

SCORE BREAKDOWN

User Interface

25/25

Cost

19/25

Differentiation

25/25

Effectiveness

23/25

Pros

  • Compliant with federal agencies and congressional offices
  • Protection for mobile endpoints
  • Browser-based command hub

Cons

  • Heavy data use on mobile devices
  • Negative battery performance

Lookout Mobile Endpoint Security is a leading mobile phone cloud security platform that consumers and private sector clients love. The company also provides curated cloud security products to congressional and federal clients on a consultative basis.

Using the application

Millions of users have downloaded Lookout through the Google Play and Apple App stores, taking advantage of the suite of free and premium features available to enhance mobile phone security.

For a security application, the user interface is straightforward, especially compared to more complex mobile security tools like Avast and Kaspersky. Lookout provides a simplified and condensed user experience that is easily navigable. By the toggling of user switches and simple scanning, Lookout, via its premium edition, offers a safe browsing VPN that remains active at all times, an app detection and scanning service, a secure WI-FI scanner, and privacy modules.

Battery and RAM usage

Numerous users, including several individuals in the employ of Lincoln Network, indicated that Lookout does a number on RAM use and battery life. For example, if a user keeps on the apps safe browsing VPN all the time, the background and foreground RAM use can range from small quantification to several hundred megabytes of memory.

Extensive idle and background use will drain the battery quickly. It’s likely, depending on your mobile device, that the phone’s operating system will recommend canceling the app and turning off the VPN to conserve battery life. If a user allows this app to operate its security functions in the background, cellular data consumption will be significant, as well.

Government & congressional solutions

Lookout offers solutions to congressional and federal clients. Within the executive branch, agencies who deploy Lookout receive customized product offerings to meet the needs of a mobile, 21st-century government. Due to the migration of government functions to mobile devices and the rising number of federal employees with company cell phones, deploying a cloud security solution like Lookout would ensure security.

The House of Representatives can utilize Lookout applications with company and personal cell phones. According to a clarification on the security approval from House Information Resources, Lookout is approved for controlled, unclassified information use and sharing on mobile devices.

Additional information

Lookout is currently in the review process for an Authority to Operate from the General Service Administration’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is an interagency initiative that serves as the executive branch’s premier cloud platform security authority.

Pricing

Congressional customers can individually consult Lookout for pricing and contracting.

What we think

With cybersecurity risks proliferating and the continued targeting of government entities, congressional offices should deploy Lookout in their offices. Lookout offers real-time security and monitoring while providing solutions to protect congressional and federal employee information. Lookout also offers great mobile security but comes at a cost on mobile data, RAM, and battery life cycles.


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SCORE BREAKDOWN

User Interface

25/25

Cost

19/25

Differentiation

25/25

Effectiveness

23/25

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