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ETSI and TCG Agree To Collaborate For Telecommunications Standards

May 14, 2015 / NFV, Security / Posted By: Kelly Capizzi

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) recently signed an agreement with the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) to collaborate on the development of international standards for a secure global telecommunications infrastructure.

TCG develops, defines and promotes open, vendor-neutral, global industry standards, supportive of a hardware-based root of trust, for interoperable trusted computing platforms. On behalf of the TCG, Alec Brusilovsky, security standardization, Member of Technical Staff, InterDigital, presented activities and plans for future collaboration between the two organizations to the ETSI General Assembly in Sophia Antipolis, France earlier this year.

Mr. Brusilovsky is cochairman of the TCG’s Trusted Mobility Solutions (TMS) Work Group, which considers various use cases, investigates security issues and makes recommendations for the best security practices in consideration with all applicable public standards including TCG, ETSI, and IETF among others. The TCG TMS Work Group had an active role in establishing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two standards organizations.

The MoU denotes areas of collaboration and strategy between ETSI and TCG to ensure total platform integrity, including boot, run-time, and crash integrity, using best available security technologies in telecommunication systems. ETSI and the TCG both stand to benefit from the adoption of this complementary approach to the standardization process.

“This MoU creates a much needed synergy between ETSI and TCG,” commented Mr. Brusilovsky. “It enables TCG technologies ensuring platform integrity as well as security automation to be utilized in ETSI initiatives such as NFV, CYBER, and TCLI.”

 
Pictured left to right: Mr. Simon Hicks, Chairman of ETSI General Assembly; Mr. Alec Brusilovsky, TCG TMS Chair; and Mr. Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI Director General.  

To learn more on the TCG TMS Work Group, please click here.