Mobile security standards are just around the corner

Uusilehto, Janne
April 2005
Portable Design;Apr2005, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p16
Emerging technologies like "trusted computing," are providing a way to combat the threat of hacking, virtual and physical theft, and safeguarding networks. Even as trusted PCs become more common, other devices are vulnerable. Modern mobile phones feature various technologies and service possibilities that are familiar from the traditional PC environment. These smart phones can perform increasingly sophisticated tasks such as rich messaging and Internet browsing combined with content downloading and purchasing. Modern smart phone is no longer connected only to cellular networks, but also uses other connectivity and bearer methods like WLAN and Bluetooth. All these factors have a tremendous effect on trust and security issues. The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) is an industry organization dedicated to creating open specifications that bring trust and security to the online and offline computing experience. The Trusted Platform Module, a hardware device specified by TCG that enables the trusted platform, has been available for several years and is already implemented in tens of millions of PCs from about a half dozen vendors worldwide. In 2005, the work group will continue to refine usage models and requirements for a specification that will enable mobile phones to become trusted platforms interoperable with other trusted platforms in the enterprise.


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