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Integrated EU-Project: OpenTC

EMSCB strongly cooperates with the European Project OpenTC (www.opentc.net), the largest EU project in the area of Trusted Computing. EMSCB and OTC share the goal of enabling open standards for trusted computing technology and trustworthy system architectures. In this context, OpenTC has identified the landmark EMSCB work as an appropriate vehicle and best practice to prototype early demonstrators for the applications and scenarios it targets. Through this effort, both projects will be able to work towards open standard approaches to satisfy security and privacy requirements of individual end-users as well as reliability and security requirements of large corporations.

About OpenTC:

The Open Trusted Computing (OpenTC) project is an EU-funded, R&D project focusing on the development of trusted and secure computing systems based on open source software. The project targets traditional computer platforms as well as embedded systems such as mobile phones.

The goal of OpenTC is to reduce system-related threats, errors and malfunctions.
The lack of platform security in today's computers has given rise to waves of successful attacks, resulting in severe damages to enterprises and potential failure of critical infrastructures.

The OpenTC consortium will define and implement an open Trusted Computing framework.The architecture is based on security mechanisms provided by low level operating system layers with isolation properties and interfaces to Trusted Computing hardware. These layers makes it possible to leverage enhanced trust and security properties of the platform for standard operating systems, middleware, and applications.

The suggested architecture is applicable to a wide range of platform types, e.g. servers, GRID technology, mobile phones and industrial automation. It provides basic building blocks for complex, distributed scenarios with inherent, multilateral trust and security capabilities. The framework will be built  around the "Trusted Platform Module" (TPM) specified by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) and the new generation of x86 CPUs from Intel and AMD. To enable maximum community benefit, project results will be integrated in and distributed as Open Source software, supporting Linux in particular. The project aims to have first Open Trusted Computing prototypes available around the time when proprietary Trusted Computing operating systems and solutions are expected to hit the market.

The EMSCB-Partners Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Technische Universität Dresden and Infineon Technologies are part of the OpenTC consortium.

Read more about the about the goals and objectives of OpenTC on the project-homepage at http://www.opentc.net.

 

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