- Why is the Trusted Computing Group forming an Embedded Work Group?
- What role do trust and the Trusted Platform Module play in embedded systems?
- Will TPMs based on the existing TPM 1.2 specification also support these other, non-PC applications? If not, will the TPM specification have to be modified?
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Built-in Authentication
To date, more than 500 million PCs have shipped with the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), an embedded crypto capability that supports user, application, and machine authentication with a single solution. Enterprise systems from a variety of vendors, including Dell, HP, Lenovo and others, include the TPM, as do a new class of ultrabooks for both business and home use.
The TPM, a simple, yet revolutionary concept, ensures only authorized users and authorized PCs are on an enterprise network. It also acts as a secure vault for certificates, keys and passwords, negating the need for costly tokens.
- Measures and reports on the integrity of platform, including the BIOS, disk MBR, boot sector, operating system and application software, to ensure no unauthorized changes have occurred
- Prevents rootkits and other malware by ensuring platform integrity prior to boot
- Helps administrators ensure that systems are healthy prior to network connection
- Strengthens X.509 certificate-based email
- Provides a first factor, "something you have," for authentication
- An optional second factor, such as a PIN, password or biometric can be added
- Provides hardware-based security for secure remote access without the costs and hassles associated with deploying and managing smart cards or hardware tokens
- Securely identifies a user and/or machine and automatically integrates with the IEEE 802.1x authentication framework for strong authentication to wireless networks
With ERAS, AdaptaSoft has a single, powerful tool to manage both FDE hard drives and Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs), ensuring future flexibility as these trusted devices replace software-based point solutions.