The Trusted Computing Group has announced an open specification for trusted servers to allow manufacturers to improve hardware security on PC servers.
The standards group's specification defines the architecture of a trusted server, including its management, maintenance and communication between servers and clients.
It follows the announcement in May of the Trusted Network Connect standard for enforcing security policies on client devices that connect to corporate networks.
The trusted server is built around the Trusted Platform Module, a microchip that stores digital keys, certificates and passwords securely. The specification supports servers based on a variety of processor architectures, including x86, Intel Itanium, Mips and Sparc processors.
It is available free of charge for manufacturers, and the first servers incorporating the specification are expected later this year.
Trusted Computing Group president Jim Ward said, "The trusted server specification gives the industry an open specification to develop systems that are less prone to attack and malicious access, further strengthening the benefits of trusted clients."
Membership of the Trusted Computing Group includes IBM, AMD, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Sony and Sun Microsystems.