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Technical Goals

Improved security: The aspect includes various issues: Common IT-Security should be improved through isolation of security critical applications and their data through isolation mechanisms to provide better protection against common malware. Further, the platform allows secure hard disk encryption, and secure booting. For eGovernment and eCommerce applications the platform provides security services to securely signing documents including trusted viewer and smartcard support as well as trusted path and secure user authentication. Through distributed policy enforcement capability the platform enables the realization of applications such as secure document management.

Reduced complexity: Due to the reasonable complexity of security relevant components, EMSCB platform shall have a very high reliability. The reduced complexity (e.g., 100.000 Lines of Code compared to 25.000.000 Lines of Code of common operating systems e.g.,  Linux) also reduces the probability of failures during the development and maintenance process, which in turn increases the trustworthiness of the implementation.

Efficient and effective evaluation: Due to openness and overall reduced system complexity an evaluation according to security standards, e.g., the Common Criteria, seems to be possible. Additionally, the open architecture allows necessary updates, improvements, and adaptations of the platform to individual requirements without being dependent on a specific manufacturer.

Portability on different hardware platforms: For more flexibility and applicability the platform will be portable on desktop systems (end-user security), servers with Multi-Level Security (MLS), Content Management Security (DMS), and embedded systems (automotive, set-top boxes, etc.).

 

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