Provides customers and partners a security foundation for confidential computing, secure and responsible AI, and quantum-resistant crypto into the quantum era
- Intel New Mexico operations are in the Rio Rancho area, where it is in the midst of major expansion
- A new Intel service (code-named Project Amber) provides organizations with remote verification of trustworthiness in cloud, edge and on-premises environments.
- Intel accelerates responsible and secure AI deployments in collaboration with BeeKeeperAI and University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.
- Company details strategy for quantum-resistant cryptography by 2030 that starts with the 3rd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform.
GRAPEVINE, Texas — Intel turned its focus to how it will meet the growing security needs of organizations today and help them prepare for the challenges of tomorrow during day 2 of its inaugural Intel Vision event.
Focusing on one of the most critical security elements for any organization – trust – Intel introduced an independent trust authority in the form of an innovative service-based security implementation code-named Project Amber. The company also demonstrated its focus on enabling secure and responsible AI, and outlined its strategy to further build quantum-resistant cryptography for the coming quantum computing era, according to a press release announcing the project.
“As organizations continue to capitalize on the value of the cloud, security has never been more top of mind. Trust goes hand in hand with security, and it is what our customers expect and require when delivering on Intel technology,” said Greg Lavender, chief technology officer, senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Advanced Technology Group at Intel. “With the introduction of Project Amber, Intel is taking confidential computing to the next level in our commitment to a zero-trust approach to attestation and the verification of compute assets at the network, edge and in the cloud.”
Trust Assurance for the Hybrid Workforce
Businesses operate in and depend on the cloud to support remote workforces that require multiple devices, uninterrupted access and collaboration tools. Technology solutions need to secure data not only in memory and in transit, but also in use – protecting valuable assets and minimizing attack surfaces. Project Amber provides organizations with remote verification of the trustworthiness of a compute asset in cloud, edge and on-premises environments. This service operates independent of the infrastructure provider hosting the confidential compute workloads.
Confidential computing, the protection of data in use by performing computation in a hardware-based trusted execution environment (TEE), is a growing market. Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX) available on the Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform is one of the main technologies powering confidential computing today, enabling cloud-use cases that are beneficial for organizations that handle sensitive data on a regular basis, the press release said.
The foundational basis of trust in a confidential computing environment is established via a process called attestation. The verification of this trustworthiness is a critical requirement for customers to protect their data and intellectual property as they move sensitive workloads to the cloud. To raise trust assurance and drive forward the promise of confidential computing for the broader industry, Intel announced Project Amber as the first step in creating a new multi-cloud, multi-TEE service for third-party attestation:
- Designed to be cloud-agnostic, this service will support confidential computing workloads in the public cloud, within private/hybrid cloud and at the edge. Interposing a third party to provide attestation helps provide objectivity and independence to enhance confidential computing assurance to users.
- In its first version, Project Amber intends to support confidential compute workloads deployed as bare metal containers, virtual machines (VMs) and containers running in virtual machines using Intel TEEs. The initial release will support Intel TEEs, with plans to extend coverage to platforms, devices and other TEEs in the future.
- Intel is also working with independent software vendors (ISVs) to enable trust services that include Project Amber. New software tools, such as published APIs that enable ISVs to incorporate Project Amber to augment software and services, will complement Intel’s platforms and technologies, and bring more value to customers and partners.
Intel plans to launch a customer pilot of Project Amber in the second half of 2022, followed by general availability in the first half of 2023.