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New GlobalPlatform White Paper Explores the Value of the Trusted Execution Environment to Premium Content Protection

23 September 2015 - GlobalPlatform, the organization which standardizes the management of applications on secure chip technology, has published a free to download white paper, which highlights the value proposition for the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) to support the secure distribution of premium content across any channel and in any format.

The TEE is a secure area of the main processor in a smartphone, smartTV, set-top-box (or any connected device) which ensures that sensitive data is stored, processed and protected in an isolated, trusted environment, without any loss of performance. Premium content providers are showing significant interest in GlobalPlatform's standardized TEE technology, as it enables simple and unified content protection implementations, which can accelerate time to market, reduce security risks and increase return on investment. It also provides a path to TEE certification, which is critical to ensure that a specified level of security can be validated across all compliant TEE platforms.

The white paper, entitled: 'Improving Premium Content Protection with the Trusted Execution Environment' describes the distribution challenges premium content providers are now facing as technological advances bring opportunities, not just for providers and consumers but also for a growth in piracy. It introduces the TEE and its general security characteristics, before outlining the importance of a robust certification process to qualify the TEE against a range of threats and attacks.
The paper presents GlobalPlatform's progress to date in defining a standardized TEE architecture, and explains why standards are necessary to bring unity and efficiency to the premium content ecosystem.

"The distribution of premium content to televisions, set-top-boxes, tablets and mobile devices is growing at a faster rate than ever before," explains Kevin Gillick, Executive Director of GlobalPlatform. "With content formats proliferating, losses from piracy increasing, and Ultra High Definition (UHD) content being put into distribution, the stakes have never been higher. It's becoming increasingly important for premium content providers to simplify and enhance content protection in order that they can adequately protect their assets.

"GlobalPlatform's TEE model combines the flexibility of software-based solutions, the robustness of hardware-based solutions and the convenience of a single certification body ensuring that it more than meets the needs of premium content providers. TEE is already trusted by financial institutions, mobile network operators and other organizations that view security as essential to the protection of their service offering."

GlobalPlatform is leading global TEE standardization efforts to ensure the development of a globally interoperable ecosystem. To support this, the organization is launching a TEE Security Evaluation Secretariat to manage its TEE Certification Scheme. This initiative will accelerate the deployment of certified TEEs and create an ecosystem where GlobalPlatform certification of TEE products become a prerequisite amongst service and platform providers.

The new GlobalPlatform white paper, which can be downloaded from the GlobalPlatform website, will be of interest to stakeholders across the premium content market including executives in media organizations, especially content owners, rights holders and premium content providers. It is also intended for manufacturers of media consumption devices, such as televisions, set-top boxes, tablets and mobile devices.

To learn more about the TEE, please read the TEE White Paper or visit the GlobalPlatform website.


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About GlobalPlatform

GlobalPlatform defines and develops specifications to facilitate the secure deployment and management of multiple embedded applications on secure chip technology. Its standardized infrastructure empowers service providers to develop services once and deploy across different markets, devices and channels. GlobalPlatform's security and privacy parameters enable dynamic combinations of secure and non-secure services from multiple providers on the same device, providing a foundation for market convergence and innovative new cross-sector partnerships.

GlobalPlatform is the international industry standard for trusted end-to-end secure deployment and management solutions. The technology's widespread global adoption across finance, mobile/telecom, government, premium content, automotive, healthcare, retail and transit sectors delivers cost and time-to-market efficiencies to all. GlobalPlatform supports the long-term interoperability and scalability of application deployment and management through its secure chip technology open compliance program.

As a non-profit, member-driven association, GlobalPlatform has cross-market representation from all continents. 130+ members contribute to technical committees and market-led task forces. For more information on GlobalPlatform membership visit

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