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IDG Contributor Network: The hardware roots of trust

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Apr 27, 2015.

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    One question that frequently pops up in evaluating security systems is whether to use hardware-based or software-based encryption systems. Typically, hardware-based encryption is considered more secure because the encryption keys are embedded in the hardware and would require a very sophisticated attack at the hardware layer to acquire the encryption keys. In addition to better security, hardware-based encryption systems do not require system resources which results in much faster performance for cryptographic operations. Software-based encryption, on the other hand, are more vulnerable to hacking attacks particularly from virtual rootkits which penetrate the operating system. These rootkits are a primary threat to corporate systems with root kit malware being delivered to desktops using the attack vectors of social engineering and phishing emails.

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