Home Secretary Welcomes Mobile Phone Industry's Ongoing Commitment to Handset Security



    New Security Recommendations From OMTP Raise the Bar For Mobile Phone
    Security

    LONDON, May 22 /CNW/ - Home Secretary Jacqui Smith today welcomed the
release of the Advanced Trusted Environment recommendations document from the
mobile industry's device requirements body, OMTP. This will lead to
enhancements in the underlying security of mobile phones over the next few
years and are the results of two years' worth of effort by the major players
in the mobile phone industry.
    In welcoming the recommendation, the Home Secretary stated "I am pleased
that the mobile industry continues to show its commitment to enhance the
security of mobile phones and in particular that a key part of the OMTP
requirements is increasing hardware security so that hackers cannot profit
from stolen phones by changing their unique identity."
    The requirements are contained in a 200 page recommendation entitled
'Advanced Trusted Environment: OMTP TR1'. This publication and its companion
document 'Security Threats on Embedded Consumer Devices' are the latest in a
series of initiatives taken by industry over the past few years aimed at
ensuring the security in mobile phones remains resistant to tampering and
exploitation by hackers.
    The recommendation looks at a number of key areas to protect mobile
devices as they begin to support such features as pay-per-view TV and mobile
commerce transactions. Also included are enhancements to existing hardware
security in phones, providing the underpinnings to key virus and malware
protection in phones provided by an Application Security Framework. To achieve
this, the document outlines a series of tools and mechanisms designed to
enhance current security processes in technical areas such as: Secure Data
Storage for protecting sensitive information, Trusted Execution Environments
for isolating and protecting sensitive software, Flexible Secure Boot and
Runtime Integrity Checking for detecting whether the device has been tampered
with, and Secure User Input / Output to ensure the integrity of data on user
interfaces.
    Detective Superintendent Mick McNally, head of the National Mobile Phone
Crime unit said that "Technology is increasing at an incredible rate. We need
to ensure that the incentives for people to steal mobile phones are taken
away. This is a continual process and the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit
will continue to work closely with industry on ensuring that future
technologies such as m-commerce are secured against future threats."
    Jack Wraith, the Chairman of the Mobile Industry Crime Action Forum said
"I am encouraged by the work of the OMTP and its support to ensure that
customers using mobile devices can continue to do so in a secure and safe
environment. MICAF has over the last five years worked closely with all
parties to improve the security standards of mobile phones and in particular
have put in place processes and procedures to ensure that when a phone is
stolen and reported to a customer's home network it is blocked so that it is
no longer of any use to a thief. These enhanced security standards will go a
long way to ensure we stay a step ahead of the people out there who are
consistently trying to circumvent the security processes and procedures in
place and allow us to maintain the robustness and integrity of the mobile
handset for some years to come."
    Professor Michael Walker FREng, Director of Vodafone Group Research and
Development said: "Vodafone is committed to delivering reliable and secure
services to our customers as well as protecting them from mobile phone crime,
and we are pleased to back the OMTP in rolling out greater levels of security
across the industry. We have actively supported the new OMTP recommendations
for hardening mobile phones against potential hacking threats and for securing
new mobile services such as mobile TV and payments, and look forward to the
widespread adoption of these recommendations in mobile devices."
    Sir David Brown, Chairman of Motorola Ltd stated that "Motorola welcomes
the operator aligned handset security requirements that TR1 represents. We see
it as essential that manufacturers work with industry organisations such as
OMTP to ensure security standards keep pace with the evolving functionality of
our devices. As operator and consumer take up of m-commerce and multimedia
initiatives increase there will be an ever greater need for protection of our
customers' data and services."

    Notes to editors:

    About OMTP

    OMTP is a forum funded by companies from across the mobile phone value
chain, set up with the aim of simplifying the customer experience of mobile
data services. OMTP is backed by many of the largest mobile operators and
serves the needs of every link in the mobile phone value chain by gathering
and driving mobile terminal requirements. The group defines requirements that
enable mobile devices to have a standardized application interface and
consistent user experience across multiple devices. OMTP recommendations
benefit carriers, content providers, middleware vendors and handset
manufacturers to develop open and compatible mobile devices. For more
information, visit http://www.omtp.org.

    The recommendations are available at
http://www.omtp.org/publications.html.





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