SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

March 05, 2008 12:17 ET

Turning On Trusted Computing

Organizations That Have Deployed Applications Based on Trusted Computing Infrastructure Exhibit Superior Capabilities in Security Governance, Risk Management and Compliance

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2008) - A new research report on "Trusted Computing" published by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), reveals that organizations that have deployed applications based on trusted computing infrastructure exhibit superior capabilities in security governance, risk management and compliance compared to other respondents. The term "trusted computing" refers to applications that leverage hardware-based "roots of trust" at the edge of the network and at the endpoints -- sometimes referred to as "hardware anchors in a sea of untrusted software" -- for higher assurance.

Traditional security solutions are based on a "detect and defend" model, in which the general approach is to identify what's bad as quickly as possible and to try to prevent the bad events from happening. Evolving threats, malware, mis-configurations and patches keep most companies on a never-ending treadmill of updates and "Patch Tuesdays." In contrast, trusted computing solutions are based on a "high assurance" model, where the general approach is that once "healthy" behavior has been defined, all variants are deemed "unhealthy" and are not allowed.

"The research shows that a high percentage of trusted computing-ready devices and infrastructure already exists within the enterprise, but overall awareness about the benefits of trusted computing is relatively low," said Derek E. Brink, vice president and research director for IT Security, Aberdeen. "The most compelling finding from this study is that users who have activated their existing trusted computing infrastructure actually have superior capabilities at security governance, risk management and compliance."

A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part by the following underwriters: Wave Systems and the Trusted Computing Group. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit:

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