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Intel, IBM , DoCoMo push mobile device security

Posted: 02 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo, Intel and IBM have started promoting a jointly developed specification for increasing the security of mobile commerce applications.

The companies have released the specifications for industry review, and say the 'Trusted Mobile Platform' would make services such as electronic tickets and e-wallets for online purchases more secure and help protect against viruses and other software attacks.

The platform defines a set of hardware and software components that can be constructed to build devices offering different levels of security.

The specification builds on well-established security techniques and applies them to the hardware and software architectures that protect the device at boot time and during runtime.

The platform has also defined a protocol that allows the security state of a device to be shared with other devices in the network, enabling device level trust to be extended into the larger network.

The group is planning to offer the specification to standards bodies once the industry has had a chance to review the platform.

"The Trusted Mobile Platform provides a new foundation for mobile devices," said Takanori Utano, executive vice president and chief technology officer of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. "The goal of our joint research was to provide an open and secure architecture for future wireless data services."

Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Communications Group, added: "This collaboration directly enhances handheld architectures to provide the trusted capabilities vital for widespread adoption of mobile commerce and enterprise usage." The specification is available at for review.

- John Walko

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