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Fireside Chat: Trust in Computer Systems and the Cloud


Stephen Walli will receive Mike Bursell to discuss his book “Trust in Computer Systems and the Cloud,” with a particular focus on the impact of Confidential Computing on security, trust and risk. Deploying Confidential Computing workloads only makes sense if you can evaluate the assurances you have about trust. This requires establishing relationships with various entities, and sometimes rejecting certain entities as appropriate for trust. Examples of some of the possible entities include: hardware vendors, CSPs, workload vendors, open source communities, independent software vendors (ISVs), and attestation providers.

This fireside chat will discuss the book, some of the material it covers, and the approach it takes to trust – not to mention why trust is important within the context of computing systems and the Cloud.

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Mike Bursell

Chief Security Architect

Mike Bursell joined Red Hat in August 2016 in the Office of the CTO, following roles working on security, virtualisation and networking. After training in software engineering, he specialised in distributed systems and security, and has worked in architecture and technical strategy for the past few years.

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Stephen Walli

Governing Board Chair

Stephen is a principal program manager working in the Azure team at Microsoft and leads the Governing Board for the Confidential Computing Consortium. Prior to that he was a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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