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Protecting Data in Use: The Confidential Computing Consortium

Protecting Data in Use: The Confidential Computing Consortium

Recently announced by its founders, the new Confidential Computing Consortium will be hosted by The Linux Foundation. Members like Microsoft, Google Cloud, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, and Baidu, among others, have come together to collaborate on technology and standards for confidential computing.

The Problem

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, it can be a legal minefield for one company to share data with another company. One of the major concerns is security, both for the specifics of a company’s operations and for its customers’ personal information. These concerns mean that businesses are not receiving insights into their fields that could be gained from pooling data.

The Solution

The solution to this is confidential computing. Confidential computing is about protecting data in use. Companies can pool their data sets and run them through algorithms. Then, they can find the useful patterns they contain, but without actually seeing the data itself. That data is encrypted at every stage.

Tech companies big and small recognize both the importance of this solution, and that the technology to implement it is scattered and hard to bring together workably. Thus was born the Confidential Computing Consortium.

The Confidential Computing Consortium

The Consortium has a mission “of creating technology, taxonomy, and cross-platform development tools for confidential computing. This will allow application and systems developers to create software that can be deployed across different public clouds and Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) architectures.”

Each member company is contributing open-source technologies and collaborating on standards useful to their mission. Microsoft is offering its Open Enclave SDK, Red Hat its Enarx, Intel its Intel® Software Guard Extensions (SGE).

In addition, Consortium members will work on more open-source tools “that provide the right environment for TEE development.” They’ll also lead industry outreach and education programs. See The Linux Foundation’s press release for more information and quotes from participating members.

Benefiting Our People

Data security is important, and we’ll be interested to see what comes of this alliance. A lot of our customers will directly benefit from a more secure way of keeping their data private in the stages before it comes to our Bold BI platform to be rendered presentably. We hope it’ll allow more businesses to take advantage of big data technology to gain industry-wide insights.

Have you experienced issues like the ones this organization is aiming to solve? What are you hoping will come from this new consortium? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

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