Facebook, Accenture, NVidia, and AMD join ‘Confidential Computing’

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The Confidential Computing Consortium, an industry group with the mission of standardizing the way data is encrypted while in use, announced today it is including ten more members in its portfolio.

The CCC, which is largely backed by Linux Foundation, announced today it is welcoming some of the biggest names in the tech industry to its community. Some of the tech giants include Facebook, Accenture, NVidia, and Advanced Micro Devices. That’s on top of less famous startups: Cosmian Tech SAS, IoTeX, Anjuna Security, iExec Blockchain Tech, SAS, Anqlave Pte, and R3 Technologies Corp.

Data encryption remains the key concern but that will change soon

Confidential Computing Consortium is working to get a standard method that ensures data processing is strictly restricted in-memory and it is not exposed to the other parts of the computer system.

Although approaches to encrypt data at rest and in transfer have already been embraced in the tech industry, tech experts haven’t find a reliable way to secure information as it is being utilised.

However, that is expected to change soon. The consortium is working to develop an open-source framework dumped Open Enclave Software Development Kit. The framework is used to create Trusted Execution Environments for apps that can be executed on multiple types of architectures.

Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs) refer to a secure part of a computer capable of encrypting the data and code that is loaded inside it, in a way that it is inaccessible by the other parts of the processor.

Basically, this involves creation of isolated execution environment that secures data as it is being utilised.

The new members bring a unique expertise to the Consortium

The Consortium stated that the new members bring to the group unique expertise that is essential in achieving their goal.

“In the past five months, we’ve added 10 new members, including the largest social network, a preeminent consultancy, a leading semiconductor manufacturer and pioneer in graphics processing,” said Stephen Walli, Governing Board chair of the Confidential Computing Consortium.