ARM Joint Venture Aims at Mobile Security, Will Rival Intel-McAfee Efforts
ARM is teaming up with two European security vendors to create security solutions for mobile devices, echoing what Intel is doing with its McAfee business.ARM Holdings, whose chip designs power almost all smartphones and tablets on the market, is teaming up with two European security companies to create a joint venture to create a common security standard for such mobile devices. ARM officials announced April 3 that they are teaming up with Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient to create a standard for everything from smartphones and tablets to games consoles and smart televisions. The goal is to bring security closer to the hardware, making the devices more secure and fueling greater innovation around products and services, according to ARM.
ARMs partnership with Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient mirrors what Intel is looking to do through its $7.68 billion acquisition of security software maker McAfee last year. In announcing the McAfee deal, Intel officials said that traditional security software approaches could not adequately address the billions of new network-connected devicesincluding PCs, mobile devices, TVs, cars, appliances and medical devicesthat were coming onto the market. They argued that such devices needed to bring security closer to the hardware to make it more reliable.