The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced new federal guidelines for the security of a computer's Basic Input/Output System (BIOS).

"The document, BIOS Integrity Measurement Guidelines, provides 'integrity measurement mechanisms' that have two aims, according to NIST," writes InformationWeek's Elizabeth Montalbano. "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."

"The guidelines--the second in a series aimed at locking down a PC's startup system--are aimed at hardware and software vendors developing products to support BIOS integrity measurement mechanisms, as well as organizations developing these types of security technologies, according to NIST," Montalbano writes.

Go to "NIST Protects BIOS With New Security Guidelines" to read the details.

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