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Confidential Computing Consortium Establishes Formation with Founding Members and Open Governance Structure

Premier Members

“Confidential computing provides new capabilities for cloud customers to reduce trusted computing base in cloud environments and protect their data during runtime. Alibaba launched Alibaba Encrypted Computing technology powered by Intel SGX in Sep 2017 and has provided commercial cloud servers with SGX capability to our customers since April 2018. We are very excited to join CCC and work with the community to build a better confidential computing ecosystem,” said Xiaoning Li, chief security architect, Alibaba Cloud.

“Arm’s vision for the next-generation infrastructure requires complete edge-to-cloud security for protecting and managing the data across a trillion connected devices,” said Richard Grisenthwaite, senior vice president, chief architect and fellow, Architecture and Technology Group, Arm. “Arm is already very involved in helping to develop the Confidential Compute Consortium’s charter, and we see our participation and the new Open Enclave SDK as a critical collaboration with the rest of the industry in making TEE’s easy to deploy.”

“To help users make the best choice for how to protect their workloads, they need to be met with a common language and understanding around confidential computing. As the open source community introduces new projects like Asylo and OpenEnclave SDK, and hardware vendors introduce new CPU features that change how we think about protecting programs, operating systems, and virtual machines, groups like the Confidential Computing Consortium will help companies and users understand its benefits and apply these new security capabilities to their needs,” said Royal Hansen, vice president, Security, Google.

Huawei’s vision of end-to-end, trustworthy connectivity for the world includes securing the endpoints in an open and transparent manner. We see the establishment of the Confidential Computing Consortium as an important conduit and platform for collaboration around the ease of security deployment and use on IoT, IoV, Mobile, Consumer and Cloud Hardware”, said Peixin Hou, Chief Expert on Open System and Software, Huawei. “We look forward to leveraging our robust experience with secure environments, already deployed in billions of devices, for the benefit of the Confidential Computing Consortium and making contribution to confidential computing technology development on various hardware architectures and software platforms.”

“Software developed through this consortium is critical to accelerating confidential computing practices built with open source technology and Intel SGX,” said Anand Pashupathy, GM, Security System Software at Intel. “Combining the Intel SGX SDK with Microsoft’s Open Enclave SDK will help simplify secure enclave development and drive deployment across operating environments.”

“The Open Enclave SDK is already a popular tool for developers working on Trusted Execution Environments, one of the most promising areas for protecting data in use,” said Mark Russinovich, chief technical officer, Microsoft Azure. “We hope this contribution to the Consortium can put the tools in even more developers’ hands and accelerate the development and adoption of applications that will improve trust and security across cloud and edge computing.”

Red Hat
“Security is consistently top of mind for our customers, and, really, for all of us, as security incidents and data breaches make the headlines. While hardware support for security continues to advance, creating secure computing environments can still be challenging,” said Chris Wright, senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer at Red Hat. “We are developing the Enarx project to help developers deploy applications into computing environments which support higher levels of security and confidentiality and intend to bring it to the Confidential Computing Consortium. We look forward to collaborating with the broader industry and the Confidential Computing Consortium to help make confidential computing the norm.”

General Members

“The formation of Confidential Computing Consortium under Linux Foundation is an important step towards the future of technologies across cloud computing, blockchain and security. It will help to create the global technical standards of confidential computing and promote its business use at the enterprise level in different industries,” said Fei Song, head of product committee, AI Cloud, Baidu.

At ByteDance, we take data security and privacy very seriously. Confidential Computing provides additional data security capabilities to allow new form of secure end-to-end computation paradigm in an ever-increasing hybrid and multi-cloud environment. We are very excited to be part of this community to promote the broader adoption of this technology. We look forward to collaborating with members in the Consortium to unlock the potential of confidential computing to protect sensitive data in real-world applications.

“Today and in the future, the analysis of sensitive data from distributed sources will be paramount for increased organizational effectiveness. At decentriq, we believe the Confidential Computing Consortium helps to put down the foundations for a standardized and safe approach to establish trust between several parties. At decentriq we enable our customer to fully unlock the potential of multiparty analytics,” said Stefan Deml, Co-Founder, decentriq.

“We are pleased to join some of our most important long-standing partners in this consortium to advance the cause of data protection and data privacy,” said Ambuj Kumar, Founder and CEO of Fortanix. “After three years of implementing our Runtime Encryption technology in confidential computing applications including protecting sensitive cloud workloads, databases, and SaaS applications, we are looking forward to working with the consortium to contribute our expertise in the standardization of confidential computing and help move the industry forward.”

“Kindite strongly supports the consortium formation and recognizes confidential computing as a cornerstone for a new cloud-era in which organizations will be able to store and process data externally while keeping it completely private. Our goal within the organization is to promote such capabilities while keeping application code, cloud functionality and scale intact. Confidential computing is a key component of Kindite’s vision. Our offering is based on a  unified data protection platform that is consistent throughout all environments, agnostic to every architecture component and covers all enterprise workloads within a hybrid, multi-cloud environment. We see the goal of de-coupling the data-layer from the cloud infrastructure as game-changing for cloud vendors and customers alike, setting the boundaries of the shared responsibility model once and for all. This accomplishment will finally allow enterprises to enhance their cloud presence while fully protecting sensitive information and will surely play an important role in public cloud growth for years to come.”

Oasis Labs
“Oasis Labs is building the platform for privacy-first applications. We are thrilled to be a founding member of the Confidential Computing Consortium and to build a community that pushes the boundaries of secure, private computation,” said Dawn Song, CEO and Founder of Oasis Labs.

“As the leading telecom and ICT provider in Switzerland, we adhere to the highest security standards. Something that is particularly important given the increasing relevance of security for our customers in the wake of new technologies such as 5G and critical IoT or cloud applications. It is a privilege that we, as a Swiss company, are able to join forces with internationally leading technology companies to launch the Confidential Computing Consortium and are thus helping to define standards, frameworks and tools for securing data in the cloud,” said Christoph Aeschlimann, CTO & CIO, Swisscom.

“Confidential computing offers CPU-based hardware technology to protect cloud users’ data in use, which we believe will become a basic capability for cloud provider in future,” said Wei Li, vice president of Tencent Security, the head of Cloud Security.

A common, easy to use, comprehensive standard for confidential computing is a critical component of VMware’s end-to-end, on-by-default, secure-everywhere vision. It is a crucial ingredient for protecting user data at runtime, especially in settings where sensitive workloads may be required to run in a cloud or remote setting where more often than not physical control of the infrastructure is not a given. We are committed to driving forward a secure, safe, and confidential computing future.

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