Microsoft Azure confidential computing keeps data in use secret

Azure confidential computing

Azure confidential computing

They even ensure that only authorized code is permitted to access data.

He also noted that US-based technology is no guarantee of 100 percent security, and said the Kaspersky ban "is, in reality, ultimately unsafe as it gives a false sense of confidence that USA national security interests are being protected from foreign threats, when in fact such bans do not really address the realities of United States dependencies on foreign supply chains". What Azure confidential computing offers is that encryption of data while in use.

Known as Azure Confidential Computing, the service is now in an early access test and aims to provide security for cloud data while it is in use by cloud applications. Microsoft is the first company to offer this cloud data encryption security capability. From strict physical datacenter security, ensuring data privacy, encrypting data at rest and in transit, novel uses of machine learning for threat detection, and the use of stringent operational software development lifecycle controls, Azure represents the cutting edge of cloud security and privacy. Using it, developers don't have to directly access the credentials stored in the Azure Key Vault or put credentials in code, Microsoft's announcement explained. If you are interested in Azure confidential computing Early Access, sign up here. If the code is altered or tampered, the operations are denied and the environment disabled.

Microsoft now has two TEE options for the confidential computing scheme.

Confidential computing platform is aimed at reassuring customers that their data will be protected from hacking, spying, and secret warrants & subpoenas. Code and data that are inside a TEE can not be inspected from outside the TEE.

The Trusted Execution Environments will operate within Hyper-V instances separated from server access, or on an Intel SGX environment that shields the data from outside access at the hardware level.

For those who do not wish to have anything to do with either Microsoft or its Azure platform, a second implementation, Intel SGX, is offered on the hardware side. We're working with Intel and other hardware and software partners to develop additional TEEs and will support them as they become available. The Redmond giant has also implemented them in its Coco Framework, geared towards enterprise blockchain use.

Russinovich said confidential computing has applicability in, for example, finance, where personal portfolio data and wealth management strategies would no longer be visible outside of a TEE.

Customers can try out Azure confidential computing through our Early Access program, which includes access to Azure VSM and SGX-enabled virtual machines, as well as tools, SDKs, and Windows and Linux support to enable any application in the cloud to protect its data while in use.

Azure confidential computing creates a virtual black box where customers can store their most coveted and secret data, to keep out of hackers' reach. The Intel technology isn't exclusive to Microsoft and will be sold to other customers.

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