Since reading the white paper entitled “Trustworthy Computing” on the Microsoft link provided by reader Willie Robinson I have been thinking about the concept of “Trustworthy Computing” ever since, almost to the point of distraction — so I figured it was time to blog about it!
I first noted when reading that Microsoft paper that it was dated in the year 2002. This prompted me to try a Google search on “trustworthy computing”, and I discovered a recent article posted on campustechnology.com entitled “Trustworthy Computing: Examining Trust“. I found this article particularly interesting because very early on a reference was made to the fact that there is still a long way to go.
I have found myself wondering since reading the Microsoft White paper, just how possible is it to develop the same kind of confidence and trust in our computing environment that we have with our automobiles or telephone? Computing, however, seems to be an area where there is an every day cat and mouse game being played between the good guys and the bad guys. What happens when a good guy goes bad? That has happened!
It seems to me that until the larger issues of global cooperation and trust are resolved, we will not see global trustworthy computing. On the very first page of Microsoft’s “trustworthy computing” white paper, they state “… Because computers have to some extent already lost people’s trust…”. My experience would be that this is a gross understatement. Significant data breaches have shaken the security foundation to its core, and significantly eroded trust that has been built up in recent years.
If this topic interests you, take a look at this most recent article that I’ve referenced above. It also is a great read.