When a platform reboots or shuts down, the contents of volatile memory (RAM) are not immediately lost. Without an electric charge to maintain the data in memory, the data will begin to decay. During this period, there is a short timeframe during which an attacker can turn off or reboot the platform, and quickly turn it back on to boot into a program that dumps the contents of memory. Encryption keys and other secrets can be easily compromised through this method.
Membership in the Trusted Computing Group is your key to participating with fellow industry stakeholders in the quest to develop and promote trusted computing technologies.
Standards-based Trusted Computing technologies developed by TCG members now are deployed in enterprise systems, storage systems, networks, embedded systems, and mobile devices and can help secure cloud computing and virtualized systems.
Trusted Computing Group announced that its TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) Library Specification was approved as a formal international standard under ISO/IEC (the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission). TCG has 90+ specifications and guidance documents to help build a trusted computing environment.