Configuration places consumer at the center of the
application ecosystem without compromising device security
26 January 2017 – Industry association GlobalPlatform has
released its Consumer-Centric Model Configuration. This framework enables consumers
to have ultimate control over which secure applications they want to use from the Secure
Elements (SE) housed within their trusted devices. This configuration is of particular
interest to service providers of applications such as loyalty, couponing and temporary
physical access, as well as wearables and device manufacturers.
The GlobalPlatform Consumer Centric Model Configuration v1.0 defines a new type of
security domain: the end user security domain and opens up this isolated area of the SE
for end user controlled activity. It achieves this without compromising security for the
Secure Element as a whole. This enables issuers to give end users control over value
added services on their device through a PIN-protected interface module that allows
them to download and maintain apps. This new model is in contrast to traditional
approaches where only the issuer or authorized service provider can manage application
in the SE.
“This configuration forms a blueprint for a move away from the issuer centric model
to putting the consumer in control,” said Gil Bernabeu, Technical Director at
GlobalPlatform. “It encourages consumers to tailor the applications on their devices to
suit their individual requirements, representing a significant change from service
providers determining what consumers can have to consumers choosing the digital
experiences they want.”
The model focuses on a trusted token onto which applications are downloaded; a
secure chip-based object, owned by the consumer, that adopts the role of a personal
security container. Such hardware tokens will be supplied by trusted token providers -
entities that can provide security assurances, allowing a service provider to verify the
security of a consumer’s token. These tokens can take the form of a device such as a
USB stick or micro SD card. Additionally, the configuration is flexible, allowing the token
to also be embedded hardware.
The consumer centric approach can also work in collaboration with other application
management models – like issuer centric or dual mode – that have already been defined
by GlobalPlatform. A single SE can therefore host multiple trusted applications, each of
which can be managed in a range of different ways.
“Security is at the heart of everything that GlobalPlatform does. The configuration
shows that it is possible to enhance the user experience and gives the end user control
without undermining the security that is crucial to the functioning of the app-based
ecosystem,” Bernabeu added.
“GlobalPlatform is a neutral body that is keen to support different application
management models and processes. We recognize that for some parties this approach
aligns with its commercial and technical objectives and will be instrumental in achieving
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of the GlobalPlatform website. Non-members wishing to purchase the configuration
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