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Trusted Computing Group (TCG)

The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) is a not-for-profit organization that was formed in 2003 to define, develop and promote security specifications for computers and networks. These standards help protect data, hardware and other resources from compromise, damage or theft by malicious entities without adversely impacting the rights of individuals or businesses who participate. The TCG is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

The TCG has more than 100 members worldwide including component vendors, systems vendors, application developers and service providers. There are three classes of membership, called Promoter, Contributor and Adopter. Promoter dues in U.S. Dollars ($) are $50,000 per year, Contributor dues are $15,000 per year and Adopter dues are $7,500 per year.

The TCG is not to be confused with the term "trusted computing base" (TCB), which refers to everything in a computing system or network that provides a secure environment including physical locations, hardware, operating systems, applications and prescribed procedures.

This was last updated in October 2006
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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