A number of companies, including Authentec, Ericsson, France Telecom, IBM, Infineon, Intel, Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia, Philips, Samsung, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, VeriSign, Vodaphone and Wave System, have banded together to deliver a hardware-security standard for cell phones, this according to a Security Pipeline article. Snippets:
Employing the TCG's technology, cellphones will be able to provide hardware-backed security for functions such as device authentication, third-party digital rights management, software downloads and use, payments, ticketing and user data.
A full list of the 11 user scenarios is at www.trustedcomputinggroup.org.
The technology is expected to open some doors, including encouraging premium content owners such as music studios to be more willing to release their products to mobile phones via over-the-air services. Currently, studios are reluctant to release content to phones, fearing piracy.