The Trusted Computing Group's Mobile Phone Work Group has been hard at work creating an industry-wide approach to securing data, transactions, and content, for mobile handsets. They recently reached critical mass and have completed the development of a draft Mobile Trusted Module specification. The specification enables the development of stronger security, enhanced privacy, and reduced risk of loss and theft for both handset users and OEMs.
The Mobile Trusted Module (MTM) specification assumes the implementation of a mobile phone as a set of trusted engines, or places that manipulate data, within the device. Each engine can be trusted to report accurately its state so its trustworthiness can be established. The spec envisions that phones will include multiple trusted engines, each addressing specific functions including the device, cellular service, applications and user services.
Products based on the specifications are expected to start development soon. For more information, go to the Trusted Computing Group's website, www.trustedcomputinggroup.org