Thursday, September 21, 2023

Thales and Intel Collaborate to Enhance Trust in Confidential Computing


Collaboration leverages Thales CipherTrust Data Security Platform and Intel® Trust Authority to deliver end-to-end data security using confidential computing


(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Thales, the leading global technology and security provider, today announced a collaboration leveraging Thales CipherTrust Data Security platform to deliver end-to-end data security using confidential computing and trusted attestation backed by Intel® Trust Authority. This collaboration enables customers in highly regulated industries to secure workloads and protect data in use on-premises and in the cloud.

A majority of the 2023 Thales Cloud Security Study respondents reported having a significant amount of sensitive data in the cloud. Consequently, safeguarding sensitive data and associated workloads in the cloud is an increasing priority, especially for compliance and data privacy. Thales' collaboration with Intel combines the industry leading CipherTrust Data Security Platform with the verifiable attestation service from Intel® Trust Authority to protect data in use and workloads while delivering seamless end-to-end data security.

Confidential computing protects data in use by performing computations in a cryptographically isolated hardware-based Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). Often, the cryptographic material verifying the TEE is managed by the cloud provider. Thales' comprehensive data security solution effectively sidesteps this security issue by implementing separation of duties and puts the customer in control of the cryptographic key material. This approach eliminates the need to place complete trust in the cloud provider.

By using trusted attestation from Intel, Thales’ CipherTrust Data Security Platform can ensure sensitive workloads are never decrypted outside of an Intel® TEE, Intel® Trust Domain Extension (TDX) or Intel® Software Guard Extension (SGX).

Todd Moore, Vice President of Data Security Products at Thales: “Thales’ collaboration with Intel enables security conscious organisations to share data safely while preserving privacy, confidentiality, and compliance with regulatory requirements such as GDPR, PCI-DSS and HIPAA, only disclosing the results of the processes performed. This is especially important for highly regulated industries where data security is paramount to safeguarding the privacy of the information.”

Anil Rao, Vice President, Systems Architecture and Engineering and Office of the CTO, Intel: “It is critical that enterprises retain control of their data protection and can confidently retain business agility while meeting compliance requirements. Together, Thales CipherTrust Data Security Platform, Intel Confidential Computing technologies and Intel® Trust Authority provide customers the tools they need to do so. We’re pleased to combine the technology leadership and innovation of Thales and Intel with this solution.”

About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies within three domains: Defence & Security, Aeronautics & Space, and Digital Identity & Security. It develops products and solutions that help make the world safer, greener and more inclusive.

The Group invests close to €4 billion a year in Research & Development, particularly in key areas such as quantum technologies, Edge computing, 6G and cybersecurity.

Thales has 77,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2022, the Group generated sales of €17.6 billion.


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