"During a keynote presentation here at the RSA Conference,
Charney touted Microsoft's progress with ways of ensuring that
applications and other executables are legitimate, like identity
systems, code signing, and Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) --
microcontrollers, often based on a PC's motherboard, that store
digital certificates, keys and passwords.
"TPMs, especially, are critical in Microsoft's vision of how
security needs to develop. While the company has been pushing these
technologies for nearly a decade, Charney said he believes that
security has reached a point where dealing with it purely on the
software side isn't enough."