The Trusted Computing Group at the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association Wireless IT conference announced that it is planning to release new mobile security specification is expected in the first half of 2006.
Using the group’s technology, mobile devices will be able to provide hardware-based security for functions such as software updates and patches, secure payment, authentication, digital rights management and more. The group revealed a list of 11 user scenarios, which are available at the group’s web site.
With the growing usage of mobile devices for computing tasks such as Internet connectivity and e-commerce, security has become a concern for mobile users. The new specification is aimed to provide the security need for every mobile device that touches the network.
“Security is increasingly important to the users, manufacturers, service providers and application providers for the increasingly complex mobile phone ecosystem and requires an industry-standard approach to ensure consistent and rapid deployment,” noted Janne Uusilehto, chairman, TCG Mobile Phone Work Group and head of product security technologies, Nokia. “TCG´s experience, expert members and cross-industry membership make it an ideal organization to drive standards for more secure mobile phones.”