A Look at Azure Confidential Computing

PAUL SCHNACKENBURG | February 5, 2019

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There's a change coming in public cloud computing. During the first few years of the public cloud being a viable option for IT architects, the main concern for businesses was security: "If I can't touch the servers where my stuff is, I'm worried." Now we've come to a place where most businesses see that overall the security of major public clouds is better than what they can achieve on-premises. Data at rest is protected with encryption with various levels of customer control and data in transit is also protected with TLS encryption, again with various levels of customer control. But, there's still one area where valid security concerns exist: controlling access to data that's being processed. Azure Confidential Computing (ACC) aims to address this problem. ACC isn't a single service or product, rather it's a collection of tools and services that businesses can use to address the confidentiality of their data as it's being processed in Azure. ACC is in public preview at the time of writing.

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