The Trusted Computing Group has announced an open specification for trusted servers to allow manufacturers to offer better data and transaction security.
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The specification launched by the industry standards body defines the architecture of a trusted server including its management, maintenance and communication between servers and clients.
It follows the announcement in May of a Trusted Network Connect (TNC) standard for authenticating and enforcing security polices 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 trusted servers incorporating TCG building blocks are expected to be available later this year.
TCG 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.”
Core members of TCG include AMD, Hewlett-Packard IBM, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Sony and Sun Microsystems.