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Spotlight Podcast: Two Decades On, Trusted Computing Group tackles IoT Insecurity

In this spotlight edition of the podcast, sponsored by Trusted Computing Group* Steve Hanna joins us to talk about TCG’s 20th anniversary and how the group is tooling up to confront the challenge of securing billions of Internet of Things devices.

Twenty years ago, the Trusted Computing Group formed as a consortium of technology vendors concerned about the scourges of viruses and worms, which were then ravaging the still-young Internet. 

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That’s not unusual. The last two decades has witnessed the formation and then slow, silent deaths of hundreds of similar industry groups. But TCG’s story turned out quite differently. Today, the group counts more than 100 members across industries.

Steve Hanna is the senior principle at Infineon technologies and co-chair of the embedded systems workgroup at The Trusted computing group.
Steve Hanna is the senior principle at Infineon technologies and co-chair of the embedded systems workgroup at The Trusted computing group. 

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Even more important: the technology it has developed and promoted, including its trusted platform module (or TPM) chips, today power more than a billion devices including virtually all enterprise personal computer, many servers, networking equipment, storage drives and a growing number of embedded systems.

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But as the second decade of the 21st century draws to a close, TCG faces a monumental challenge: as computing shifts from PCs, laptops and servers to a vast universe of other devices – the Internet of Things

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As our guest this week, Steve Hanna of Infineon, points out: many of those devices are not suited to run traditional TPM type technologies – because they are too small, too power constrained or both.

In this spotlight podcast, Steve and I talk about how Trusted Computing Group is making the transition to the IoT and bring hardware based roots of trust to a much larger and more diverse population of devices. We also talk about why TCG succeeded when so many other industry consortiums have failed, and how the early backing from the likes of Microsoft and IBM gave Trusted Computing Group technologies a critical boost in the marketplace. 

(*) Disclosure: This podcast and blog post were sponsored by Trusted Computing Group. For more information on how Security Ledger works with its sponsors and sponsored content on Security Ledger, check out our About Security Ledger page on sponsorships and sponsor relations.

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