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Cloud service enables secure notifications in mobile devices

Posted: 08 Apr 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IBM  mobile device  cloud  encrypt  mobile application 

A team of inventors at IBM has patented a cloud computing security technique that allows app developers to secure data notifications and confidentially push them to and from mobile devices. The cloud-based service enables developers to create applications that can encrypt data notifications, and assign them a unique message identifier (ID) in the cloud that is securely transmitted to a mobile device via a third-party service provider. Once the end-user's device authorises the message, the recipient can pull down and access the encrypted message content from the cloud.

Maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of data shared via mobile networks is a priority for developers, service providers and end-users, yet IBM security researchers found that insufficient security protocols in mobile applications can risk exposing details of data notifications pushed across mobile networks, potentially exposing personal or sensitive information to service providers.

This mobile security exposure is problematic and limiting to organisations that wish to use mobile notifications to communicate sensitive information with their customers, such as a credit card company wanting to notify a customer of suspicious charges or a bank may need to alert customers to suspicious account activity.

"This patented invention will enable developers and service providers to design and build applications that ensure sensitive or personal information is not inadvertently exposed across mobile networks," said Benjamin Fletcher, inventor and software engineering researcher, IBM. "Regardless of the nature of data being pushed to or from a mobile device, it should never be exposed to third-parties since they cannot always guarantee the security and confidentiality to customers."

IBM received U.S. Patent #8,634,810, "Pushing secure notifications to mobile computing devices," for the invention.





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