Leading IT players form security alliance

Some of the leading IT players are signaling a push towards hardware-based security with the formation of a new alliance, the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).

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By  Andrew Picken Published  April 9, 2003

Some of the leading IT players are signaling a push towards hardware-based security with the formation of a new alliance, the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).

The TCG will license and market security hardware and software technology that can be integrated into every computing platform, from PCs to mobile phones.

The five founding members of the TCG are Advanced Micro Devices, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel and Microsoft. Ten other companies, including Nokia, Phoenix Technologies and Sony, have already joined.

The TCG replaces the Trusted Computer Platform Alliance (TCPA), which was formed in 1999 as a development and standards industry-working group aimed at improving trust and security on all computing platforms. The new alliance will carry forward the specifications created by that group but on a more formal basis with a strong emphasis on marketing hardware-based security into a host of consumer and corporate devices.

Jim Ward, director of the newly formed TCG, told US reporters “as we go into the broader device categories, one of the key messages of the organization is that we have this common building block that can be used in different devices.”

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