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NTT DoCOMo, IBM and Intel team up to secure mobile devices

NTT DoCoMo, Intel and IBM have published a jointly developed security specification called the Trusted Mobile Platform.

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NTT DoCoMo, Intel and IBM have published a jointly developed security specification called the Trusted Mobile Platform.

It aims to provide an end-to-end security architecture for mobile wireless devices, including hardware and software components and technology protocols, the companies said.

It also incorporates security technologies and controls such as tamper-resistant modules, domain separation and authorisation and management protocols.

Trusted Mobile Platform is designed to protect against viruses and other security threats, allowing phones to be used for more advanced applications like "e-tickets" and "e-wallets" which could be used to pay for goods in stores and online. It includes a protocol to show that a device is a trusted member of a network and can safely be connected to other devices.

IBM, Intel and NTT DoCoMo published the specifications online and submitted the Trusted Mobile Platform for review with standards bodies. It remains to be seen whether the major handset providers and other network operators will back the proposal.

Each of the three companies brought different strengths to the partnership: NTT DoCoMo contributed its knowledge of wireless networks; Intel applied its knowledge of chips and wireless devices; while IBM brought its expertise in security and pervasive computing.

The specification is online at www.trusted-mobile.org.

Laura Rohde writes for IDG News Service

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