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NISTIR 8320 (Draft)

Hardware-Enabled Security: Enabling a Layered Approach to Platform Security for Cloud and Edge Computing Use Cases

Date Published: May 2021
Comments Due: June 30, 2021 (public comment period is CLOSED)
Email Questions to: hwsec@nist.gov


Michael Bartock (NIST), Murugiah Souppaya (NIST), Ryan Savino (Intel), Timothy Knoll (Intel), Uttam Shetty (Intel), Mourad Cherfaoui (Intel), Raghuram Yeluri (Intel), Akash Malhotra (AMD), Karen Scarfone (Scarfone Cybersecurity)


Draft NIST IR 8320 replaces the draft cybersecurity white paper, Hardware-Enabled Security for Server Platforms, which was released in April 2020.
The foundation of any data center or edge computing security strategy should be securing the platform on which data and workloads will be executed and accessed. The physical platform represents the first layer for any layered security approach and provides the initial protections to help ensure that higher-layer security controls can be trusted. This report explains hardware-enabled security techniques and technologies that can improve platform security and data protection for cloud data centers and edge computing. It will provide the foundation for a series of NIST IRs on hardware-enabled security techniques and technologies, such as draft NIST IR 8320A, Hardware-Enabled Security: Container Platform Security Prototype.



confidential computing; container; hardware-enabled security; hardware security module (HSM); secure enclave; trusted execution environment (TEE); trusted platform module (TPM); virtualization
Control Families

None selected


NISTIR 8320 (Draft) (DOI)
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Supplemental Material:
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Other Parts of this Publication:
NISTIR 8320A (Draft)

Document History:
04/28/20: White Paper NIST CSWP 14 ipd (Draft)
05/27/21: NISTIR 8320 (Draft)
10/27/21: NISTIR 8320 (Draft)
05/04/22: NISTIR 8320 (Final)


Security and Privacy
roots of trust

cloud & virtualization; hardware