Trusted Mobile Platform Specifications Releasef for Public Review
NTT DoCoMo, Intel and IBM Collaborate to Enhance Mobile Device Security
Companies Introduce 'Trusted Mobile Platform' Specification
Santa Clara, California, USA. October 27, 2004.
NTT DoCoMo, Inc., Intel, and IBM released a new security specification called "Trusted Mobile Platform." The specification can help make advanced mobile-commerce services such as electronic tickets and e-wallets for online purchases more secure and help protect against viruses and other software attacks.
Trusted Mobile Platform has defined a set of hardware and software components that can be constructed to build devices offering different levels of security. Trusted Mobile Platform builds on well established, strong security techniques and applies them to the hardware and software architectures to define a trusted execution environment that protects the device both at boot time and during runtime.
These components function together to limit the potential damage from malicious applications and to enable a rich set of security services. In addition, Trusted Mobile Platform has 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 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."
"This collaboration directly enhances handheld architectures to provide the trusted capabilities vital for widespread adoption of mobile commerce and enterprise usage," said Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Communications Group.
"Mobile security is more than just protecting against new viruses, worms and attacks, it's about protecting critical business assets and information," said Alistair Rennie, vice president, Sales and Marketing, IBM Pervasive Computing. "IBM is working to bring security specifications, such as the Trusted Mobile Platform, to standards bodies, with the hope security will become more embedded across a broad range of business systems."
The Trusted Mobile Platform specification incorporates the latest security technologies and controls. Through tamper-resistant modules and by enabling domain separation, a trusted platform will be able to protect data from potential viruses spreading from one application to the next. In addition, the authorization and management protocols provide companies with higher levels of security for wireless delivery of new software to employees.
Each company has contributed unique and valuable skills to the collaboration. NTT DoCoMo brings the requirements for platform integrity and security based on its knowledge of wireless networks, Intel brings its knowledge of silicon designs and expertise in architecting wireless devices, and IBM is contributing its vast experience in business security and pervasive computing.
The specification is publicly available at http://www.trusted-mobile.org/ for industry review.
About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company, serving more than 48 million customers. The company offers a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services, including i-mode, which provides e-mail and internet access to over 42 million subscribers as the world's most popular mobile internet service, and FOMA, launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. In addition to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe and North America, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM), and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.com.
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses to innovate. IBM is a leading provider of e-business solutions and is dedicated to helping customers, IBM Business Partners, and developers leverage the potential of the Internet and network computing across a wide range of businesses and industries. The company offers a host of cross-industry and industry specific solutions designed to meet the needs of growing companies. Additional information is available at www.ibm.com.
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.
[Intel source: http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20041026comp_c.htm
Also from NTT DoCoMo: http://www.nttdocomo.com/presscenter/pressreleases/press/pressrelease.html?param[no]=494]
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