April 19, 2007: Seminar: Thomas Messerges: "Security for Mobile Financial Applications"

Seminar Announcement

Security for Mobile Financial Applications

Thomas Messerges
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff,
Motorola Research Labs
Wednesday, April 25, 2007

3:00 p.m., Room 1043 ERF


Technology is now being deployed that combines the capabilities of cellular networks, Near Field Communications (NFC), and a secure platform to enable financial service applications to be hosted on a mobile device. My talk will focus on three such applications envisioned for mobile phones: mobile banking, proximity payment, and micropayments. Security surrounding these types of applications causes concern for consumers. Rather than build solutions from the ground up, existing approaches, such as those established for the smart card industry, can be leveraged. Simply incorporating a secure module into a mobile phone is not enough to create a secure application. I will show some of the requirements that are unique to these mobile applications and review some of the life cycle issues that enable a phone to flexibility host multiple applications that can be loaded, installed, personalized, and decommissioned in a secure manner. I will review work Motorola is doing in these areas as well as give a broader view of other security research being conducted within our company.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Thomas S. Messerges joined Motorola in 1989 and is currently a distinguished member of the technical staff with the Security Technology Research Laboratory within Motorola Labs, Schaumburg, Illinois. He received a B.S. and M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1987 and 1989 and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2000. He currently holds four issued U.S. patents.

His research interests include security, cryptography, and privacy enhancing technologies suitable for embedded systems. Thomas is an IEEE member.

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