AMI Experts to Present on UEFI Key Management Service (KMS) Implementation at UEFI Virtual Plugfest on Thursday, September 17, 2020

AMI Experts to Present on UEFI Key Management Service (KMS) Implementation at UEFI Virtual Plugfest on Thursday, September 17, 2020

Sep 16, 2020 | Press Release

NORCROSS, GEORGIA – AMI®, a global leader in powering, managing and securing the world’s connected digital infrastructure through its BIOS, BMC and security solutions, is pleased to announce its upcoming participation in a Virtual UEFI Plugfest webinar hosted by the UEFI Forum titled “Implementing and Using the UEFI Key Management Service (KMS)” on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT and on demand following the live presentation. Participants can register for the webinar at https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/18206/435558.

AMI experts Zachary Bobroff, Director of the AMI Product Office, and Alex Podgorsky, Principal Manager for BIOS Core Engineering, will represent AMI on this topic, speaking from their joint vantage point of many years’ experience and thought leadership in UEFI firmware security best practices and development.

The presentation will begin with an overview of the Key Management Service (KMS) protocol definition, which has been present in the UEFI specification since version 2.3.1 and provides services to generate, store, retrieve and manage cryptographic keys.

While the UEFI specification provides the definition for KMS, the underlying implementation can vary – meaning there are several options to implement the KMS protocol. Although one simple implementation option is to build KMS on top of something already in the system such as a TPM, the most practical implementation requires interfacing with a Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) Server over a secure network connection.

The presentation will therefore cover the high-level interactions between the UEFI firmware and a KMIP server to implement the UEFI KMS protocol, along with several real-world use cases of the KMS protocol in modern systems – useful information for developers and engineers who are interested in learning how to add practical, time-tested KMS implementation techniques to their UEFI development toolkits.

This Virtual UEFI Plugfest presentation is organized by the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Forum, a non-profit industry standards body responsible for developing, managing and promoting UEFI specifications. AMI remains a long-standing contributor member of UEFI, participating in and hosting virtual and in-person Plugfest events throughout the year and contributing to the formation of the UEFI specification since its inception. To learn more about the UEFI Forum, please visit https://uefi.org/.

To stay up-to-date on the latest UEFI Forum event details, see https://uefi.org/events/upcoming/.

To learn more about Aptio® V UEFI Firmware from AMI, please visit ami.com/aptio.

About AMI

AMI is Firmware Reimagined for modern computing. As a global leader in Dynamic Firmware for security, orchestration and manageability solutions, AMI enables the world’s compute platforms from on-premises to the cloud to the edge. AMI’s industry-leading foundational technology and unwavering customer support have generated lasting partnerships and spurred innovation for some of the most prominent brands in the high-tech industry. AMI is also a critical provider to the Open Compute ecosystem and is a member of numerous industry associations and standards groups, such as the Unified EFI Forum (UEFI), PICMG, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership (NCEP), and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).

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