Securing the Data Center from the Silicon Up

Blog Post created by lawrence.latif Employee on Sep 11, 2015

As the next major evolution of the Internet, devices and machines of all different shapes and sizes are being connected to the Internet, to each other, and to people. But building this more-connected future means embedding processors and sensors in seemingly every device we use. This dramatic growth in the number of network access points will make it increasingly difficult to manage security through software alone. And for various IT sectors based on legacy operating systems, the discontinuation of security patch support is real cause for concern.


By accessing the data being transmitted between Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled devices in homes, cars, or offices, hackers could potentially analyze confidential information from financial transactions to patient health records. And this concern is just the tip of the iceberg when compared to possible future security issues. Network connected devices with sensors and processors will increase significantly in the coming years, and this will create the need for hardware developers and engineers to look at security in a very different way; to develop an integrated security solution for our day-to-day devices.


There are two major camps for hardware-based security: proprietary or closed architecture, and architecture based on industry standards. AMD is a long-time supporter of industry standards and thus has opted for the latter, joining an expansive security ecosystem based on ARM® TrustZone® technology.


The AMD Secure Processor is planned to be the hardware root of trust across all AMD products including client, server, graphics, and embedded businesses. Under the umbrella of AMD Secure Technology, the AMD Secure Processor joins other AMD IP innovations from the No Execute Bit to the Secure Asset Management Unit as the future of AMD’s security strategy. This type of open-standards innovation has implications across security-dependent use cases, from authentication, geo-fencing, and systems management to remote support, financial transactions, and digital rights management.


Together with our customers, we have identified areas of focus to enable software partners to create complete solutions for the markets we are addressing. Components of these solutions are engineered to work together, while leaving room for our OEM partners to truly differentiate for enterprise-grade platform offerings.


Security is no longer a task that can lean most heavily on the software industry. It’s our vision that through a hardware-based security strategy built on the industry–standard approach of ARM® TrustZone® technology, AMD will enable enhanced security options for our customers and technology partners and help ensure our increasingly digital lives are less vulnerable.


To learn more about AMD Secure Technology and our alignment with ARM TrustZone technology, visit





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