|[December 06, 2012]
Trusted Computing Group TPM Adds Security to Platforms Using Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. --(Business Wire)--
PCs and mobile devices using the new Windows
8 operating system and Windows
Server 2012 will benefit from a number of security features enabled
by the TPM,
or Trusted Platform Module.
The TPM, based on specifications created by the Trusted
Computing Group, provides a hardware root of trust that is embedded
into hundreds of millions of endpoints, including PCs, servers, tablets
and embedded systems. TCG also has developed widely used specifications
drives (SEDs), network security and mobile device security. More
than a billion endpoints in total are protected with Trusted Computing
All systems using Windows 8 include the new Unified
Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot feature. UEFI
replaces the legacy BIOS firmware used in older systems. By checking
integrity before boot-up, UEFI and the TPM can detect rootkits and other
malwae, and prevent system infections.
Windows 8 also makes management of drive-based encryption easier and
more automated, using the BitLocker
capability. The TPM stores half of the key pair required to encrypt and
decrypt the drive, with the encryption managed by the operating system.
The key in the TPM is protected against attacks.
BitLocker also uses integrity measurements stored in the TPM, using a
TPM feature called "unsealing" where the TPM will only reveal the disk
encryption key if the integrity measurements have not changed. This
ensures that a thief cannot boot into an attacking utility that extracts
the disk encryption key.
Windows 8 also supports the growing category of self-encrypting
drives (SEDs). SEDs, based on TCG specifications, provide full-disk
encryption on the drive quickly and transparently to users.
Systems with Windows 8 also can more effectively manage and protect
Server 2012 automatically provisions and manages the TPM, which is
anticipated to make the TPM significantly more useful to IT managers. It
supports managed boot to prevent malware and to check system integrity.
It also supports using the TPM as a virtual smart card and for secure
TCG will host a security workshop, Trusted
Computing: Billions of Secure Endpoints in 10 Years, at RSA
2013 in San Francisco on Monday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Panelists
and leading IT experts, analysts and developers will address a number of
security issues, including Windows 8, BYOD, data protection and security
The Trusted Computing Group (News - Alert) (TCG) provides open standards that enable a
safer computing environment across platforms and geographies. Benefits
of Trusted Computing include protection of business-critical data and
systems, secure authentication and strong protection of user identities,
and the establishment of strong machine identity and network integrity.
Organizations using built-in, widely available trusted hardware and
applications reduce their total cost of ownership. TCG technologies also
provide regulatory compliance that is based upon trustworthy hardware.
More information and the organization's specifications and work groups
are available at the Trusted Computing Group's website, www.trustedcomputinggroup.org.
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