NORCROSS, GEORGIA: - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, has added improved support for increased platform security with stronger hashing algorithms and larger encryption key sizes in Aptio® V Secure Firmware update and Secure Boot. The Aptio V signed firmware components provide support for additional cryptographic algorithms (SHA-384, SHA-512, RSA key size 4096, 8192) for core components like signed firmware updates and signed image verification (Secure Boot). This adoption qualifies the use of Aptio V firmware for the growing needs of US government and other security sensitive applications.
Hashing algorithms are a type of cryptographic algorithm. A hashing algorithm is considered a one way function that produces an output considered very difficult or impossible to derive the original input from the output. These hashing algorithms are used to preserve data integrity, pointing out modifications made to the original data. When it comes to hashing algorithms, generally the larger the hashing output, the more difficult it is to reverse engineer the original input. Encryption keys are also used in cryptographic security and work in conjunction with an encryption algorithm to hide data while it is transmitted. When it comes to key sizes, generally the larger the key, the more difficult it is to recover the original data.
Firmware security is and continues to be a big concern within the firmware industry; so much that many industry-wide specifications outline requirements and suggestions for stronger security in the changing landscape of security threats. Since firmware is vulnerable to attacks, it is necessary to have proper security protocols set up to protect the firmware. Incorporating the more powerful hash algorithms and support for larger key sizes in Aptio V Secure Firmware update and Secure Boot allow customers to expand security on their platforms.
To learn more about Aptio V UEFI Firmware from American Megatrends, please visit http://ami.com/products/bios-uefi-firmware/aptio-v/.
Founded in 1985 and known worldwide for AMIBIOS®, American Megatrends International LLC (AMI) supplies state-of-the-art hardware, software and utilities to top-tier manufacturers of desktop, server, mobile and embedded systems for both X86 and ARM based platforms. AMI's industry leading Aptio® V UEFI BIOS firmware, MegaRAC® remote server management tools and solutions based on the popular Windows, Android™ and Linux® operating systems continue to garner industry acclaim and awards around the world. In line with the diversity of its technology and product line, AMI is a member of a number of industry associations and standards groups, such as the Unified EFI Forum (UEFI), the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, AMI has locations in the U.S., China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong to better serve its customers.
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