Saturday, November 5, 2011

Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Diversinet Corp was awarded a U.S patent for an encryption method that addresses growing concerns on protecting sensitive personal data stored on a mobile device. The U.S Patent No. 8,051,297 for “A Method for Binding a Security Element to a Mobile Device,” covers the security needs for mobile devices such as for smartphones or tablets.

The patented technology prevents unauthorized access to the data on a mobile device via encryption and prevents access to the information if it is transferred to another mobile device. Unlike other methods, it uses characteristics of a mobile device’s unique identity such as its serial number to create the encryption passkey.

Diversinet has integrated the patented solution into its MobiSecure® mobile healthcare products to help healthcare organizations quickly and cost-effectively deploy HIPAA-compliant mHealth applications anytime, anywhere on mobile devices.

The technology can benefit any industry that requires information to be stored securely on mobile devices. Mobile industry analysts estimate that more than 50 percent of the U.S. population will have smartphones by the end of 2011 and that number will grow to more than 70 percent by 2013.

Diversinet Chairman and CEO Albert Wahbe said, “We believe that our technology creates a highly secure information source on mobile devices which is particularly important in our current environment of patent stockpiling and litigation related to mobile communication technology.”

Diversinet’s intellectual property portfolio includes 16 patents in the U.S, Canada, and Israel, with 32 patent applications pending.

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