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How TPM2.0 Overcomes Security Challenges in Industrial Computing

Security is important for any PC. The last thing you want is for your data to be compromised or your system to become unusable due to a cyberattack. Yet the jeopardy multiplies when it comes to an industrial computing system for an organization. 

All it takes is one mistake, one oversight, for a cybercriminal to gain inside access to a company’s private data. It’s also not simply SMEs that are at risk. Cybercriminals have succeeded numerous times in data breaches on large organizations by finding flaws present in their computer network structure, 

Industrial computing faces various security challenges. Yet there is one helping hand present in the form of TPM2.0. This article takes a closer look at those challenges and the role TPM2.0 plays. 

Industrial Computing Security Challenges

As seen at things-embedded.com, industrial computers can take on many different forms. With industrial-grade components that are engineered for supreme reliability, you can rely on a custom industrial PC to complete the challenges you throw in its direction. Yet when operating in an industrial edge or IoT computing environment, it is important to be conscious of the security challenges which exist. 

This is particularly the case when moving over to edge computing and using IoT devices. Data becomes redistributed in different ways compared to conventional systems. IoT devices are used to store and process data, as are industrial systems in remote locations. A company can also use nearby data centers. 

If data is redistributed in this way and if conventional IT security models are used, there is a risk that corporate data assets can be exposed. As access requirements are inverted compared to the previous standard (where data, devices, services, applications, and users are located more outside rather than inside for an enterprise), there’s a requirement to react to these new dynamic challenges. 

Security controls and practices must be adjusted to better align with this new paradigm. If this isn’t done, an industrial computing network is at serious risk of being breached by a cyberattack. This is where a TPM2.0 component can play an important role. 

TPM2.0 and How it Helps Prevent Security Issues for Industrial Computers

Known in full as a Trusted Platform Module, a TPM chip supplies security-related functions for hardware, such as industrial computers. This technology is a secure crypto-processor that helps with proving users’ identity and authenticating their devices. It achieves tasks like these by being able to generate, store, and limit cryptographic keys usage. 

The security function of TPM2.0 cannot be tampered with by malicious software. Similarly, it is also tamper-resistant from a physical perspective. This is because it incorporates numerous physical security mechanisms. To highlight the importance of this chip for security, all existing and new devices for Windows 11 must use TPM

However, to be able to harness the full power of TPM2.0, it must be integrated effectively with system hardware and firmware. This is because TPM2.0 is passive – it will only return responses once commands are sent. When used correctly, it can be a powerful weapon in your battle against security challenges for industrial computing. 

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