The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has released a new draft report, NISTIR 8320, Hardware-Enabled Security: Enabling a Layered Approach to Platform Security for Cloud and Edge Computing Use Cases. Draft NIST IR 8320 replaces the draft cybersecurity white paper, Hardware-Enabled Security for Server Platforms, which was released in April 2020.
The foundation of any data center or edge computing security strategy should be securing the platform on which data and workloads will be executed and accessed. The physical platform represents the first layer for any layered security approach and provides the initial protections to help ensure that higher-layer security controls can be trusted. This report explains hardware-enabled security techniques and technologies that can improve platform security and data protection for cloud data centers and edge computing. It will provide the foundation for a series of NISTIRs on hardware-enabled security techniques and technologies, such as draft NISTIR 8320A, Hardware-Enabled Security: Container Platform Security Prototype.
The public comment period for this draft is open through June 30, 2021. See the publication details for a copy of the draft and instructions for submitting comments. You can also contact us at hwsec [at] nist.gov.