Press Release-Telecom

October 11, 2011

“Smart Phone and Cloud Security Research Society” to be Initiated

 The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has decided to initiate a “Smart Phone and Cloud Security Research Society” in order to draw out issues such as security when using smart phones and cloud services as well as information security involving other recent technological developments, and consider countermeasures, etc. to tackle these issues.


1. Background and objectives

 In recent times there have been increasing expectations for smart phones to be used beneficially in various settings in personal life and business operations, with these rapidly-spreading devices combining the advantages of both traditional mobile phones and mobile computers with high processing performance in the actual terminals and distribution of a diverse range of applications.
However, since new smart phone-specific threats have been identified – such as confirmation of the existence of malware* targeting smart phones, causing concerns regarding potential information leaks, etc. – there is a need for appropriate information security countermeasures to be taken when using these devices.
 Furthermore, it will be beneficial to also draw out new issues regarding cloud service information security, as the ongoing migration of businesses' information assets, etc. to cloud services is likely to lead to diversification of the information handled by cloud services their main uses and forms, including the spread of cloud services access via smart phones.
 In view of these circumstances, this Research Society will be initiated with the purpose of drawing out issues such as security when using smart phones and cloud services as well as information security involving other recent technological developments, etc., and considering countermeasures to be taken in order to build an environment in which these can be used safely and with peace of mind.
 *Malware: a general term for harmful software like computer viruses.


2. Main items to be considered

(1) New information security issues relating to smart phones and cloud services, etc.
(2) Current countermeasures taken with regards to service-providing businesses and terminal vendors, and countermeasures to consider introducing in future
(3) Plans for improvement of user awareness of information security, and countermeasures to be taken
(4) Other items


3. Period of opening

 The first meeting will be held on October 19 (Wed), 2011, and a definite report is scheduled for around June 2012.





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