Wednesday, February 10, 2010

G&D, ARM partner on anti-theft mobile solution

Specialist for security technology Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) and ARM TrustZone technology have announced a strategic partnership for the development of highly-secure mobile phone platforms.

With this partnership ARM TrustZone technology, which creates a protected area in advanced systems-on-chip, and the highly-secure MobiCore operating system developed by G&D, sensitive applications such as electronic payment and online banking via mobile phone will be efficiently protected from security threats. As a first step the two companies will develop a joint prototype.

Commenting on the agreement, the head of the New Business Division at G&D, Dr. Kai Grassie said “We will be working with ARM to develop the security architecture for the next generation of mobile phones. This will enable people to access highly valuable services with convenience and security.”

On his part, executive vice president, marketing, ARM, Ian Drew said “ARM TrustZone technology is already an integral part of the ARM Cortex - A series processors which are currently being deployed in smartphones by many of the industry’s leading handset manufacturers.

This collaboration with G&D will enable us to make rapid progress towards enabling secure transactions in next-generation mobile devices.”

Acceptance of mobile applications such as banking, ticketing and payment solutions rests on the security of device and background systems involved. For this reason, both companies have been working on innovative security concepts.

The interplay of TrustZone and MobiCore ensures that if online services require security-sensitive functions such as entry of user name and password or data output on a display, these functions are transferred to the MobiCore high-security operating system running in the TrustZone protected area of an ARM application processor.

As the security-sensitive functions are executed, MobiCore maintains control of the secure area of a system-on-chip. Users can therefore be certain that the data they have entered, such as their username and password, cannot be manipulated by malware on the phone during a payment transaction.

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