The Trusted Computing Group
On September 26th, I had the pleasure of attending a free technical seminar by The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) – Japan Regional Forum (JRF) at the Lenovo building in Akihabara, in Tokyo, Japan. To get an idea of the presentation program please visit TCG-JRF Technical Seminar.
Before I go further I think it is appropriate at this point to introduce TCG. According to TCG’s website, TCG is “a not-for-profit organization formed to develop, define and promote open, vendor-neutral, global industry specifications and standards, supportive of a hardware-based root of trust, for interoperable trusted computing platforms. TCG’s core technologies include specifications and standards for the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), Trusted Network Communications (TNC) and network security and self-encrypting drives. TCG also has work groups to extend core concepts of trust into cloud security, virtualization and other platforms and computing services from the enterprise to the Internet of Things.”
At first I was introduced to TCG in December 2015 by a friend who also shares an interest in blockchain technology. At that time, my knowledge of cryptography was limited and although I had reviewed TCG’s website prior to attending I still lacked the fundamentals in cryptography to appreciate TCG’s work.
In 2017 after I started to study for the CompTIA Security+ certification I came across the Securing Hosts and Data chapter and read about Hardware-Based Encryption and how a Trusted Platform Module works. While waiting for my exam date I received an email from TCG about an upcoming free technical seminar. “What a coincidence!” I thought. I knew I had to attend.
Sure enough, my experience this time was different because I had done some reading about the technology so I was able to understand some concepts a little bit more. More importantly, I became aware of some of the member companies present at the seminar such as Fujitsu, Infineon Technologies, Lenovo, & STMicroelectronics. Among other contributions, member companies contribute their expertise to TCG to make products more secure. This in turn gives end-users more confidence that great effort and collaboration takes place to secure their products.
Please note that TCG-JRF’s next workshop will be free and open to the public on Monday, November 20th from 1:30PM to 7:30PM (Social gathering at around 5:30PM). Capacity is limited to 150 people and online registrations will be available mid-October.
For registration and updated information please visit TCG-JRF Workshop.