More Trusted Computing
As computing has altered the way business is done in the world over the last 20 years, one fact has become abundantly clear: PC security is a problem. Recognizing this, the most influential players within the PC industry have been part of a growing movement to make digital devices more secure: Trusted Computing.
In 2003 Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, AMD, Sony, Sun Microsystems and many others joined Wave in making firm commitments to hardware based security. Together, they formed the Trusted Computing Group, and established its mission to foster a safer, more trustworthy computing environment – a broad mandate covering everything from network access control to cell phones. They adopted a set of open specifications originally outlined by the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance for a semiconductor device known as Trusted Platform Module (TPM), a hardware chip that is separate from a computer’s main CPU that enables secure protection of files and other digital secrets, and issues codes used to decipher encrypted or coded data.
While TPMs provide the anchor for hardware security – a “root of trust” – true security is achieved by integrating the TPM within a carefully architected trust infrastructure, and supporting the TPM with essential operational and lifecycle services such as key management and credential authentication.
That’s where Wave comes in. Wave is focusing on enabling three levels of the security and trust marketplace: First, manageability at a client level for individuals, so that users effortlessly use trust and security solutions at the desktop; second, manageability at a network level so that IT managers can efficiently and cost effectively administer an enterprise network; and third, delivering a strategy to make it easy for developers to create exciting new applications. You can learn more about these specific solutions here.
As a leader in delivering Trusted Computing applications, services, and infrastructures across multiple trusted platforms, Wave’s business objective is to focus its unique portfolio of assets based on the industry’s accelerating adoption of Trusted Computing. Today, through a growing range of strategic relationships with major industry leaders, Wave is delivering its EMBASSY software, first to enterprises and eventually across all customer segments. By adhering to a cross platform-based approach to Trusted Computing, Wave is assisting its customers with evolutionary growth and interoperability while relying on broadly supported industry initiatives. This philosophy allows application developers to easily enable and support the Trusted Computing initiatives and has put Wave in an anchor position in the evolution of this substantial market opportunity.
As a founding member of the Trusted Computing Group as well as a current member of its board of directors, Wave continues to define itself as a leader in the Trusted Computing space. Wave’s client- and server- software, middleware and software tools are unique in that they support cross platform interoperability for the currently available TPM chips from Winbond Electronics, Atmel, Broadcom, Infineon, and STMicroelectronics and have been verified for usage on TPM platforms shipped by Intel, IBM, HP, Fujitsu, Gateway and Dell.
For more information on the Trusted Computing Group™ visit www.trustedcomputinggroup.org.