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Storage

Storage

The Storage Work Group builds upon existing TCG technologies and philosophy, and focuses on standards for security services on dedicated storage systems. One objective is to develop standards and practices for defining the same security services across dedicated storage controller interfaces, including but not limited to ATA, Serial ATA, SCSI, FibreChannel, USB Storage, IEEE 1394, Network Attached Storage (TCP/IP), and iSCSI. Storage systems include disk drives, removable media drives, flash storage, and multiple storage device systems.

 

TCG partners with SNIA-SSIF to further support secure storage standards.  

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The SNIA Storage Security Industry Forum (SSIF), the place where security and storage meet, is a consortium of storage, security professionals, security practitioners, and academics - all dedicated to fulfill the SNIA vision to:

 

Enhance information assurance and optimize security investments while maintaining present operational effectiveness in the disparate technologies and standards that work together to form storage ecosystems.

SSIF members collaborate to transform their vast body of knowledge and practical experiences in security and storage into high quality educational, technical, and engineering activities that influence the design, use, and management of storage technologies to better protect and secure information.  Our goal is to increase the overall knowledge and availability of robust security solutions in today's storage ecosystems and to provide data and information security expertise to contribute to a better understanding of information assurance and how it applies in the organization. More information is at www.snia.org/ssif.

 For more information, please access the following documents:

 

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TCG Storage Protection Mechanisms for Secrets Specification

This specification defines the mechanisms for protecting key material and secrets that a trusted Storage Device may report that it supports. The intended audience for this specification is both trusted Storage Device manufacturers and developers that want to use these Storage Devices in their systems.

March 2012 | Specifications | Add to Briefcase

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Storage Work Group Storage Security Subsystem Class: Opal

This specification defines the Opal Security Subsystem Class (SSC). Any SD that claims OPAL SSC compatibility SHALL conform to this specification. The intended audience for this specification is both trusted Storage Device manufacturers and developers that want to use these Storage Devices in their systems.

February 2012 | Specifications | Add to Briefcase

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TCG Storage Opal SSC Feature Set: Additional DataStore Tables

This specification defines the Additional DataStore Tables for the Opal Security Subsystem Class (SSC). Any Storage Device that claims Opal SSC Additional DataStore Tables compatibility SHALL conform to this specification. The intended audience for this specification is both trusted Storage Device manufacturers and developers that want to use these Storage Devices in their systems.

February 2012 | Specifications | Add to Briefcase

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TCG Storage Opal SSC Feature Set: Single User Mode

This specification defines the Single User Mode for the Opal Security Subsystem Class (SSC). Any Storage Device that claims Opal SSC Single User Mode compatibility SHALL conform to this specification. The intended audience for this specification is both trusted Storage Device manufacturers and developers that want to use these Storage Devices in their systems.

February 2012 | Specifications | Add to Briefcase

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Storage Work Group Storage Interface Interactions Specification

The TCG Storage specifications are intended to provide a comprehensive command architecture for putting storage devices under policy control as determined by the trusted platform host, the capabilities of the storage device to conform with the policies of the trusted platform, and the lifecycle state of the storage device as a trusted peripheral (TPer). This document MAY also serve as a specification for TPers if that is deemed appropriate.

December 2011 | Specifications | Add to Briefcase

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TCG Storage Architecture Core Specification

The TCG Storage specifications are intended to provide a comprehensive architecture for putting selected features of Storage Devices under policy-driven access control. The capabilities of the Storage Device are able to be configured to conform to the policies of the trusted platform.

November 2011 | Specifications | Add to Briefcase

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TCG Storage Opal Test Cases

The Opal Test Cases Specification contains a set of tests that are intended to verify the correct behavior of a storage device implementing the Opal SSC Specification. These test cases are intended to be used as a basis for the compliance component of the projected Storage certification program, which would seek to ensure a high level of interoperability of storage devices from multiple vendors.

February 2011 | Specifications | Add to Briefcase

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TCG Storage Opal SSC Test Cases Specification FAQ

Frequently asked questions for the Opal SSC Test Cases Specification.

February 2011 | Specifications | Add to Briefcase

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Storage Work Group Storage Security Subsystem Class: Enterprise Specification

The Storage Workgroup specifications are intended to provide a comprehensive architecture for putting storage devices under policy control as determined by the trusted platform host, the capabilities of the storage device to conform with the policies of the trusted platform, and the lifecycle state of the storage device as a Trusted Peripheral.

January 2011 | Specifications | Add to Briefcase

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Storage Application Note: Encrypting Drives Compliant with Opal SSC

This document provides examples of the communication between a host and a storage device implementing the TCG Storage Security Subsystem Class: Opal SSC and the TCG Storage Architecture Core Specification.

February 2010 | Specifications | Add to Briefcase