Is confidential computing the future of cybersecurity? Edgeless Systems is counting on it

by | Sep 13, 2022 | Technology

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With the hardware-based confidential computing technology, computer workloads are shielded from their environments, and data is encrypted even during processing — and all of this can be remotely verified. 

Felix Schuster, CEO of emerging confidential company Edgeless Systems, said the “vast and previously unresolved” problem this addresses is: How do you process data on a computer that is potentially compromised?

“Confidential computing lets you use the public cloud as if it was your private cloud,” he said.

To extend these capabilities to the popular Kubernetes platform, Edgeless Systems today released their first Confidential Kubernetes platform, Constellation. This allows anyone to keep Kubernetes clusters verifiably shielded from underlying cloud infrastructure and encrypted end-to-end.

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As Schuster put it, confidential computing hardware will soon be a ubiquitous, mainstream requirement. In fact, in some European countries in the eHealth space, confidential computing is already a regulatory requirement.

“People will want and expect it for most workloads, just like they expect antivirus and firewalls to be present,” he said. “CISOs will soon need to explain to their CEOs why they’re not using confidential computing.” 

Rapidly expanding market for confidential computing

Confidential computing is what some — including Edgeless Systems — are calling a revolutionary new technology that could change the cybersecurity game. And, it is rapidly growing in adoption. 

According to Everest Group, a “best-case scenario” is that confidential computing will achieve a market value of roughly $54 billion by 2026, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of a whopping 90% to 95%.

All segments — from hardware, to software, to services — will grow, the firm predicts. Expansion is being fueled by enterprise cloud and security initiatives and increasing regulation, particularly in privacy-sensitive industries including banking, finance and healthcare. 

To promote more widespread use, the Linux Foundation recently announced the Confidential Computing Consortium (CCC). This project communit …

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