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White Paper (Draft)

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

Date Published: April 28, 2020
Comments Due: June 2, 2020
Email Comments to: hwsec@nist.gov

Author(s)

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

Announcement

The foundation of any data center or edge computing security strategy should involve securing the platform on which data and workloads will be executed and accessed. The physical platform represents the first layer of a layered security approach and provides initial protections to help ensure that higher-layer security controls can be trusted. This white paper explains hardware-based security techniques and examples of technology that can improve platform security and data confidentiality for cloud data centers and edge computing.

Abstract

Keywords

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

Configuration Management; Identification and Authentication; System and Information Integrity;

Documentation

Publication:
White Paper (DOI)

Supplemental Material:
Local Download (pdf)

Topics

Security and Privacy
general security & privacy; roots of trust

Technologies
biometrics; BIOS; hardware

Activities and Products
reference materials