RSA London is going on this week and professional blogger David Lacey is blogging that not much interesting is going on, but that he was very excited to meet Steve Hanna. Steve says that 2008 is going to be the year that Trusted Computing breaks out.[1] I hope he is right! Gartner for 2006 still has Trusted Computing sliding into the trough.[2] But the saddest testament to the slow uptake on Trusted Computing is that Gartner uses it as an example technology to explain two different factors that can cause a technology to have a “Long Fuse” (that is to spend more time than average in the Trough of Disillusionment).[3] I am starting to see some signs that the deep trough that the technology has been in the past couple of years is coming to an end (more on this later) and Steve’s optimism is heartening.

[1]David Lacey, Trusted Computing Hits the Road
[2]Gartner’s Hype Cycle Reports Click on Information Security and look at the table of contents to see where Trusted Computing Platform is listed in the latest Hype Cycle.
[3]Understanding Gartner’s Hype Cycles