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System and method for location based device security

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200686D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that provides a handheld device/smart phone the ability to select a security profile based upon location. The system intuitively sets the level of security required to unlock a device based upon the location of the device as it is known from sensor inputs.

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System and method for location based device security

As technology advances, portable devices that include various types of sensors are becoming more and more prevalent. Today's most popular devices are being delivered with proximity sensors, ambient light sensors, temperature sensors, signal strength sensors, and location sensors among others. Furthermore, sensor and device manufacturers are always striving to improve their technologies to provide the most accurate results in varying environmental conditions.

As a result of technological advances in devices, a wide array of applications are being developed to harness the capabilities of sensors and enhanced device resources while delivering world class software on a portable platform. However, the nature of portability results in concerns around security and protecting device access to inherently safeguard application content and additional capabilities provided by a given application.

Today's security solutions involve simplistic implementations such as a timed based screen lock requiring an input password or slightly more complex solutions involving pattern based inputs to unlock the screen. In addition, typical enterprise security policies require a screen lock after 15 minutes with a complex password of at least eight characters in length involving a combination of lower case, upper case, and special characters. For example, an enterprise mail application requires a user to enter a password multiple times throughout the day, every time they wish to read their mail. Moreover, a single application can require a change in the overall device security policy to protect access to the physical device. A user wanting to quickly check the weather using their device is required to input a complex password due to the security policy required by an extraneous application.

The primary issue with these systems is that they do not take into account the additional data associated with device sensors to enhance the security model. Regardless of the sensor data, a user is constantly required to input a complex password or pattern to unlock a device, even if the device is already in a secure area protected by a number of superseding security access controls.

No solutions exist that are relevant to the invention disclosed here.

Disclosed is a system that provides a device the ability to select a security profile based upon location. The system intuitively sets the level of security required to unlock a device based upon the location of the device as it is known from sensor inputs

The system works as follows:

1. The system has the ability to accurately detect the location of a device based upon sensor inputs. The system...