Advantages of a Secure Cloud
Every organization has a need for security, whether it’s protecting intellectual property or compliance with privacy regulations. But data protection isn’t the only reason to guard against attacks. For example, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks don’t steal data, but they do render your systems inoperable.
Many businesses and government agencies today aren’t taking advantage of cloud computing because of these IT security concerns. With improved data security, they can finally realize the cost and agility benefits that come with public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud deployments.
In addition, the latest cloud security use cases have the potential to transform operations in exciting ways. Secure multiparty computing, for example, allows users to analyze shared data while keeping the data itself encrypted. A group of financial institutions could pool their transaction data to detect money laundering while reducing the risk of exposing customer information. In health and life sciences, researchers can run algorithms on extremely large genomic data sets to make discoveries that lead to better treatments.
For governments at all levels, cybersecurity is a key area of concern. Federal agencies must meet a strict set of compliance standards for government cloud computing. These include the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) framework. Intel provides solutions that help governments or their service providers implement controls that map to cloud compliance. Intel participated in the development of the NIST framework and continues to help organizations align with its requirements.
With cloud security, it’s essential to protect the data and applications themselves, as well as the platforms and servers on which they run.
With hardware-enabled security capabilities right on the silicon, Intel provides broad availability and protection for cloud workloads.
Cloud Platform Security with Intel® Technologies
At Intel, our strategic approach to cloud infrastructure security encompasses three key goals.
- Secure the Platform
At any layer of the cloud stack, platforms are only as secure as the next-lowest layer. Even with the most advanced software-based security, a system is compromised if the operating system or firmware is breached. Intel® products are designed with built-in, silicon-enabled security technologies that help protect potential attack surfaces. These technologies establish a root of trust, securing the boot process and helping create a trusted foundation for computing.
- Protect Data
With tools for data encryption, users can help cloud data remain secure as it moves across servers, storage, and networks. Intel offers a range of runtime data encryption options to fit customer-specific needs.
- Do It All Without Compromising Performance
Encryption and validation can slow down compute. This simply isn’t practical for most organizations. Our technologies include crypto accelerators, extensions, and instructions that are designed to enhance security and compression performance for data in motion and at rest.
With hardware-enabled security capabilities right on the silicon, Intel provides broad availability and protection for cloud workloads across your product or service providers of choice.
Review the table below and click on the hyperlinks to learn more about Intel® technologies and software for cloud security.
|Intel® Technologies and Software for Cloud Security
|Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors
||Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors provide hardware-enhanced features to support cloud server security. These processors serve as the foundation for flexible, scalable clouds.
|Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX)
||Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX) on select systems helps protect application integrity and data confidentiality when data is in use, being actively processed in memory. Intel® SGX is a key technology that helps enable confidential computing for cloud and multi-party compute models, especially relevant for sensitive data workloads in regulated segments such as financial services, healthcare, and government. Learn more from the Confidential Computing Consortium, an open-source community dedicated to accelerating the adoption of confidential computing.
|Intel® Security Libraries for Data Center (Intel® SecL - DC)
||Intel® Security Libraries for Data Center (Intel® SecL - DC) provides building blocks for a variety of security usage models and layers that can be rooted in hardware-based capabilities.
Preparing for the Future of Cloud Security
Security threats have grown more sophisticated over the years, and they will keep evolving. As the foundation for the world’s most-trusted cloud providers, Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors let you scale workloads smoothly from enterprise to cloud with security in mind. Our innovations in hardware-based security technologies will continue to fuel agile, resilient computing for great cloud experiences.