Standards development within the Information Technology sector is harmonized with international standards development. Through the CSA Technical Committee on Information Technology (TCIT), Canadians serve as the SCC Mirror Committee (SMC) on ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 on Information Technology (ISO/IEC JTC1) for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), the ISO member body for Canada and sponsor of the Canadian National Committee of the IEC. Also, as a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Canada participates in the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (ITU-T).
For brevity, this Standard will be referred to as CAN/CSA-ISO/IEC 11889-1 throughout.
At the time of publication, ISO/IEC 11889-1:2015 is available from ISO and IEC in English only. CSA Group will publish the French version when it becomes available from ISO and IEC.
This part of ISO/IEC 11889 defines the architectural elements of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), a device which enables trust in computing platforms in general. Some TPM concepts are explained adequately in the context of the TPM itself. Other TPM concepts are explained in the context of how a TPM helps establish trust in a computing platform. When describing how a TPM helps establish trust in a computing platform, this part of ISO/IEC 11889 provides some guidance for platform requirements. However, the scope of ISO/IEC 11889 is limited to TPM requirements.
This part of ISO/IEC 11889 illustrates TPM security and privacy techniques in the context of a platform through the use of cryptography. It includes definitions of how different cryptographic techniques are implemented by a TPM. The scope of ISO/IEC 11889 does not include cryptographic analysis or guidance about the applicability of different algorithms for specific uses cases.
TPM requirements in this part of ISO/IEC 11889 are general, covering concepts like integrity protection, isolation and confidentially. Defining a specific strength of function or assurance level is out of scope for ISO/IEC 11889. This approach limits the guarantees provided by ISO/IEC 11889 itself, but it does allow the TPM architectural elements defined to be adapted to meet diverse implementation and platform specific needs.