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...More than 145 Members agree on Trusted Computing Platform Specification
as Industry Standard...

The Trusted Computing Platform Alliance (TCPA), an industry consortium
focused on improving trust and security on computing platforms, announces
Version 1.0.

In a world increasingly influenced by the Internet, data security,
information protection and user privacy have never been more important.
TCPA's intention is to provide the industry with clear direction and a
standard which protects user information against hacker break-ins, and
builds trust in the computing environment.

"Consumers and businesses alike have not taken security as seriously as
they should," says Roger Kay, a Research Manager at IDC. "It is only
within a secure, trusted environment that e-business can really flourish,
and security is only as strong as its weakest link. The industry is
taking an important step by embracing the totality of the security
problem, providing solutions from secure log-on, to data integrity, public
key infrastructure (PKI), protected storage, digital signature, and other
necessary elements to provide an electronic business environment in which
computing users realise improved safety from malicious hackers and other

"TCPA Specification 1.0 is the result of an industry effort to improve
trust and security on computing platforms," said Pat Gelsinger, vice
president and chief technology officer, Intel Architecture Group. "The
specifications will help deliver a set of capabilities that customers can
use to enhance the security of their computing environments."

TCPA aims to secure a computer platforms from hacker break-ins. The TCPA
specification defines a subsystem which contains an isolated computing
engine that cannot be altered. Platforms also include an embedded chip
that can reliably measure and report information. This "integrity check"
feature of the subsystem enhances software-only security services.

By the definition of trust: 'an entity can be trusted if it always behaves
in the expected manner for the intended purpose', TCPA Version 1.0
provides features that will enable a basic level of trust for both local
users and remote entities.

"Building trust through client security is absolutely crucial in the world
of e-business. IBM helped design the TCPA standard and was the first OEM
to ship an enhanced hardware security element in a PC client. IBM will
continue to establish and support industry-wide standards for improved PC
client security".

"NetVistas shipping today already incorporate an industry leading Embedded
Security Subsystem, a significant feature of the TCPA spec," said Harry
Nicol, WW NetVista brand manager. "With this encryption chip on the
motherboard of your PC, e-mail, data files, and digital signature keys can
be protected, helping to eliminate the risk of leaving sensitive
information visible to potential hackers. Additional TCPA attributes will
be added to NetVistas and Thinkpad notebooks later this year."

The Embedded Security Chip

The Security Chip is a cryptographic microprocessor that supports
functions such as key encryption for privacy and digital signatures for
authentication or user identification. It is included on the motherboard
to protect electronic communications by protecting a user's private key
information. The chip provides the most secure endpoint for Public Key
Infrastructure (PKI), more so than software-based security, which is
easier to hack. Designed to work with other security options, including
firewalls and antivirus software, there are several benefits to the
embedded Security Chip, including:

- Digital keys are encrypted and stored using the embedded Security Chip

- E-mail messages can be signed with a digital signature assuring the
receiver or the sender's identity

- The keys used to encrypt the e-mail messages are securely sent to the
receiver using Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

- Key exchange private key operations such as digital signatures and key
exchange are executed within the embedded Security Chip secure data
encryption protects against improper access to confidential material
located on your PC or networked file server support for privacy - the user
controls personalisation and trust relationships, and no identification
number is placed on the PC

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About TCPA

TCPA was formed in 1999 by founding promoter companies IBM, Compaq,
Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Microsoft, to focus on improving trust and
security across the industry via a collaboration of PC industry platform,
operating system, application and technology vendors. Working together,
more than 145 TCPA member companies intend to enhance existing approaches
and simplify the deployment, use and manageability of security elements on
future computing platforms, including PCs. The group will encourage wide
industry support and adoption of the specifications, with an ultimate goal
of gaining worldwide acceptance. More information is available on the
TCPA website:

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of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from
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A pioneer in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge personal computing
solutions since 1981, IBM's Personal Systems Group (PSG) offers a
comprehensive family of products for optimised performance in a networked
world. These range from compact Work Pads and award winning ThinkPad
mobiles to powerful IntelliStation workstations, IBM eServer xSeries and
the sleek NetVista line of next generation desktops and thin clients. All
incorporate innovative IBM design features and is backed by the company's
unsurpassed worldwide customer support and service networks.

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