An Introductory Breakdown of Trusted Computing
The question of trust in computing is an important and often overlooked one. If the security of a system cannot be guaranteed or is known to be inadequate, then any output received from that system cannot be trusted to be correct. There are four areas that make up a system or platform, each of which as its own issues that must be resolved: hardware, operating system, applications, and configuration. A break in one area could undermine the trust for the entire system. This technical article provides an introduction to Trusted computing and its components, and is an comprehensive primer to IT departments evaluating security at the platform level.