AMI®, a global leader in powering, managing, and securing the world's mission-critical connected infrastructure through its BIOS, BMC and security solutions, is pleased to be selected to join the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST®) National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership (NCEP) at the NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE).
The NCCoE is a collaborative hub where industry organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions work together to address businesses' most pressing cybersecurity issues. This public-private partnership enables the creation of practical cybersecurity solutions for specific industries, as well as for broad, cross-sector technology challenges. Through consortia under Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), the NCCoE applies standards and best practices to develop modular, easily adaptable example cybersecurity solutions using commercially available technology. The NCCoE documents these example solutions in the NIST Special Publication 1800 series, which maps capabilities to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and details the steps needed for another entity to recreate the example solution.
As part of its engagement with NCCoE, a team of security firmware engineers from AMI will pay a visit to the NIST Security Research Lab. There, the AMI team will integrate AMI firmware into real-world, end-to-end solutions to be tested for heuristic and predictive failure analysis, encryption algorithms, ethical hacking and related security tests. Once complete, the test results will be available through the NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide (Special Publication 1800 series).
"Firmware security starts early in the development process of new technology. AMI applies its firmware security best practices in tandem with the leading silicon and operating system providers such as Intel and Microsoft. This process requires not only the efforts of the silicon and firmware providers, but also other key vendors in the system manufacturers' supply chain. With additional collaboration across the supply chain, the development process can be tuned to improve the overall security of the industry," said Sanjoy Maity, Chief Executive Officer of AMI.
"AMI believes that implementing the latest cybersecurity standards into our product offerings is paramount to the general security of the technology industry, especially hyperscale cloud providers," he added. "Our firmware products provide critical boot and management capabilities to everything from data center servers to the laptops and desktops found in nearly every household, school, and government facility. Therefore, we see this engagement with the NIST Cybersecurity Lab as a key initiative to harden and strengthen AMI firmware and development processes, which will help accelerate the adoption of standards-based, advanced security technologies and benefit computer users across all levels of society."
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