MIPI turns attention to mobile security

May 08, 2017 //By Peter Clarke
The MIPI Alliance Inc. (Piscataway, New Jersey), an industry consortium that develops interface specifications for mobile electronics, is turning its attention to security.

It is forming what it calls a Birds of a Feather group to evaluate the potential need and strategies for addressing security in MIPI Alliance interface specifications, which cover cameras, displays, RF front-ends and sensors as well as such interfaces as analog control and memory.

It was recently pointed out by a university group that while the focus of security in electronics has been on software and digital hardware the ability to deceive sensors could allow mobile equipment to be compromised (see Easily-tricked MEMS are security threat, says university ).

MIPI has issued a call for participation for the BoF group, that is open both to MIPI Alliance members and non-members. The group is seeking security experts that ca help define the scope and role of security in MIPI specifications for automotive, IoT, biometric, point-of-sale and other use cases.

The BoF group findings are expected to drive further strategic initiatives that will, in turn, impact the design of mobile components and chipsets, smartphones, mobile-connected devices, IoT products, automotive use cases and other applications.

"The security BoF will help the MIPI Alliance define security needs and guide a consistent approach for addressing security in MIPI specifications," said Enrico Carrieri of Intel, chair of the MIPI Alliance Security Birds of a Feather group.

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