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Trusted Computing? Essential

Cyberwarfare is in fashion. As evidenced by recent high profile attacks, state-sponsored actors are constantly looking for ways to access, alter, steal, or delete your most sensitive data, with an increased focus on hardware tampering and firmware hacking as attack vectors.

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But how does establishing and ensuring the stability of a trusted computing framework help protect your system against these fast-emerging, progressively sophisticated cyberattacks? Furthermore, what exactly does trusted computing mean in a practical sense?

When we say trusted computing, we mean protecting your system from bottom to top-hardware, firmware, software, applications, users, and any additional layers in between, as well as ensuring supply chain integrity.

Trusted computing also encompasses the tactics and technologies used to secure the entirety of your system. So, we’re not just talking about mere antivirus software. Although essential, software-based security applications have become increasingly secure over the years, which is partly why attackers have begun focusing on physical hacking, infected hardware insertions, and complex, elusive supply chain attacks that use both hardware and software attack vectors.

Multi-Layer Security, Supply Chain Integrity Should Be Mission-Critical Priorities.

Every market needs to secure its sensitive data using multi-layer security, but the aerospace, defense, and government markets need special attention. Why? Because human life, national security, and the stability of critical infrastructure are at risk should nation-state actors obtain privileged access to, for instance, a computer controlling or supporting the proper functionality of weapons, radar, remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), and airborne launch control systems. Even if, in certain instances, cyberattackers are unable to shut down mission-critical systems completely, having unfettered access to government secrets provides adversaries with a strategic cyberwarfare advantage against the United States. They would not only have access to our mission-critical systems and the data that comprise them, but also the very strategies being used to protect this data, allowing them to circumvent them. And worst of all, you would likely be none the wiser during such an attack.

But multi-layer security is only part of the puzzle. With companies like Trenton Systems, ensuring trusted computing starts internally long before you even begin researching a high-performance computing solution for your program or application. This is because of supply chain integrity verification processes of which end customers are often aware but never se

At Trenton, we offer multi-layer security in addition to:

  • Made-in-USA quality and reliability
  • BIOS customization and control
  • Evidence-based supplier integrity surveys
  • A Counterfeit Protection Program (CPP)
  • TAA, ITAR, CSfc, and ISO9001 adherence
  • A dedication to achieving CMMC certification
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About Trenton Systems

Trenton Systems designs, manufactures, assembles, integrates, tests, and supports cybersecure, made-in-USA rugged servers, workstations, processor boards, PCIe backplanes, storage systems, blade servers, PCIe expansion kits, mini PCs, and custom computers for programs and applications operating in harsh environments worldwide.

Contact your local VMA field engineer today if you need help or have any additional questions about Trenton products.

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