The organization that sets federal technology standards has provided new security guidelines for protecting the system that starts up PCs.
The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting comments on new guidelines to lock down a computer’s Basic Input/Output System (BIOS), which–because it is a very basic, low-level function–can cause a significant security threat if unauthorized changes are made to it, according to NIST.
The document, BIOS Integrity Measurement Guidelines, provides “integrity measurement mechanisms” that have two aims, according to NIST. One is to detect changes to the BIOS code that could allow malicious software to run during a PC’s boot process, and the other is to detect changes to the configuration of the system.
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