In contrast, for improved computer security, that comes with virtually every enterprise level computer and server (in other words, itís free) and just requires activation, the adoption rate has been incredibly slow. According to a study by Aberdeen Research, even though itís installed in over 300 million desktop and portable computers, only a small fraction of the users have activated the embedded security.
Turn it ON
Most people are not even aware of the security technology in their computer. Thatís OK if the technology is enabled when they purchase the computer, but the Trusted Platform Module, or TPM, is an opt-in tool. The TPM, a secure cryptographic integrated circuit (IC), provides a hardware-based root of trust that enables improved computer and network security compared to software-only approaches that can be defeated by the same software they are attempting to detect and block. The TPM was developed by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) as an open standard, so several companies compete to supply the TPM making it cost competitive. As a result, most leading computer companies install the technology in their computers. In addition to industry experts in computing software, hardware and services, TCGís members also include companies that have a goal of improving the security in their own operations.
While it can be difficult to establish trust with people, you can easily establish a trusted relationship with a TPM-equipped machine and protect systems and networks. For consumers and enterprises that have PCs, servers and other products with a TPM, they just need to turn the TPM ON. It only takes four easy steps. While not as easy as simply flipping a switch, for corporations with an IT organization, it is a trivial technical challenge. Several companies offer tools to make the widespread implementation of the TPM in an organization even easier. With an activated TPM, users can easily encrypt files, folders and emails as well as more securely manage passwords to avoid unauthorized access to computers and networks.
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