IBM gets patent for cloud security technique to push mobile data notifications

Enterprise IT vendor IBM received U.S. Patent #8,634,810 for a cloud computing security technique that enables app developers to push data notifications to and from mobile devices securely.

In January 2014, IBM said it received the most U.S. patents in 2013, according to data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and IFI Claims patent service. IBM is ahead of Samsung, Canon, Sony and Microsoft, Panasonic, Panasonic, Toshiba, Hon Hai, Qualcomm and LG Electronics.

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IBM said the cloud-based service enables developers to create applications that can encrypt data notifications, assign them a unique message identifier (ID) in the cloud that is securely transmitted to a mobile device via a third-party service provider. Once the end-user’s device authorizes the message, the recipient can pull down and access the encrypted message content from the cloud.


With the breakthrough technology, IBM is addressing the demand of developers, service providers and end-users, who are looking for maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of data shared via mobile networks.

The industry faces severe challenges because insufficient security protocols in mobile applications can always risk exposing details of data notifications pushed across mobile networks, exposing personal or sensitive information to service providers.

Due to lack of security, enterprises do not want to communicate sensitive information to their customers through their mobile phones. This is a big limitation to enterprises which are looking at sending mobile notifications.

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“This invention will enable developers and service providers to design and build applications that ensure sensitive or personal information is not inadvertently exposed across mobile networks,” said Benjamin Fletcher, inventor and software engineering researcher, IBM.

IBM said it monitors 15 billion security events per day in more than 130 countries and holds more than 3,000 security patents.

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