Trusted Computing Group: TPM Provides Security to Windows Platforms
Dec 11, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
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, said Trusted Computing Group.
According to a release, 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 for self-encrypting drives (SEDs), network security and mobile device security. More than a billion endpoints in total are protected with Trusted Computing Group-based technologies.
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 malware, and prevent system infections, the company noted.
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.
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