Warwick Ashford
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Enterprises are finally embracing security systems based on trusted platform module (TPM) chips built into computing devices, but why has it taken so long?

Since 2006, many computing devices have included TPM chips, but enterprises have been slow to embrace the technology in their information security strategies.

However, in 2012 the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), which published the TPM specification, claimed the technology had reached tipping point.

Steven Sprague, a founding-member of the TCG, told Computer weekly that claim was backed up because the number of PCs with TPM chips has crossed the 600 million mark.

He predicted further expansion of TPM use in Windows 8 would also drive the first mainstream adoption of TPM and a much broader spectrum of use.

This prediction has proven to be correct, according to Bill Solms, who succeeded Sprague as chief executive of Wave Systems in October 2013.

“The TPM’s time has come,” Solms told Computer Weekly, driven by the fact that individuals and companies are now far more aware of the need to defend against cyber threats and that mature TPM-based technologies are available to help address that need.