TCG publishes draft storage specification

Trusted Computing Group is developing a specification to support a range of security services on hard drives, flash, tape and optical storage devices

The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) has published a draft specification for storage.

TCG develops and promotes open specifications for trusted computing building blocks and software interfaces across multiple platforms. Its membership includes global suppliers such as IBM and Microsoft.

The TCG's specification seeks to provide the architecture for implementing security services directly on storage devices and it is being made available to the industry for review.

The storage specification, developed by more than 60 of the TCG's 175 member companies, supports security services for a variety of storage devices, including hard drives, flash, tape and optical devices.

Security functions in the specification include cryptography, public-key cryptography and digital signatures, hashing functions, random number generation and secure storage.