IBM CONTRIBUTES TO TRUSTED COMPUTING PLATFORM ALLIANCE, FOCUSED ON IMPROVING INTERNET SECURITY Thursday 1 February 2001 PDF Print ...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 criminals." "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 Ref: 00/022 Notes to Editor: 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: http://www.trustedpc.org For more information on IBM Personal System Group products, services and solutions, visit the PSG Web site at http://www.pc.ibm.com For more information about Support.com, visit the company's web site http://www.support.com About IBM IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at http://www.ibm.com About IBM PSG 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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