DMTF’s PMCI Security Task Force Shares Plans for New Specification

With an aggressive development schedule, DMTF’s recently announced Platform Management Components Intercommunication (PMCI) Security Task Force has published its plans and scope of work. The group intends to produce a new PMCI security specification in the next three months.

As detailed in this new presentation, now available for download, the Task Force has outlined its goals and specific requirements for providing additional security for PMCI standards and protocols. The specification in development should be implementable on existing hardware/silicon, and could be referenced by other industry standards organizations. In addition, the Task Force has detailed requirements for the forthcoming specification in categories including functional, trust, data protection, and cryptography.

The PMCI Security Task Force is part of the PMCI Working Group, which develops the Network Controller Sideband Interface (NC-SI), Management Component Transport Protocol (MCTP), and Platform Level Data Model (PLDM) specifications. These “inside the box” communication interfaces provide a comprehensive, common architecture for improved communication between management subsystem components.

DMTF members are encouraged to join the PMCI Working Group and help shape these expedited security deliverables by visiting the PMCI Working Group’s private workspace. Non-members who would like to join the DMTF to contribute can learn more here: https://www.dmtf.org/join.

For more information about the PMCI Working Group and the platform management standards it defines, please visit https://www.dmtf.org/standards/pmci.