With the upcoming release of operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows8 http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011/HW-462T and Fedora 18 http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Pjones/Features/SecureBoot, UEFI Secure Boot http://www.intel.com/technology/itj/2011/v15i1/pdfs/UEFI-Networking-and-... will be deployed on a large class of systems. There are many aspects of building firmware to enable a hardened platform. This talk will review some of the rationale behind UEFI Secure Boot, platform threats, and the challenges in building industry-standard firmware.
I am a Principal Engineer at Intel. I have been on the EFI (now UEFI www.uefi.org) team since 1999. Focus has been on platform firmware, including pre-boot networking (e.g., RFC 5970) and trusted computing technology. Some information at https://sites.google.com/site/vincentzimmer/.