Takeaways from RSA Conference

I spent the last week in San Francisco for the RSA Conference 2018, and besides almost completely losing my voice, I had a great time chatting with industry experts and Intel customers about the state of security in the data center. I was struck by the consistency of one overarching theme: We really are a big community coming together to address increasingly sophisticated threats. Other things that stood out to me included:

Hardware Root of Trust

I noticed an increased prioritization of investing in security all the way down at the silicon layer. I saw this not only from hardware vendors, but from software vendors as well. Big players in the cloud, such as Microsoft, IBM, and VMware, were all emphasizing the importance of a hardware-based root of trust. Intel has been innovating in hardware with security at the core for years, so I welcome the increased focus and emphasis that other companies are now bringing for trusted hardware as a foundation for solutions.

GDPR Compliance

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to take effect next month, so there is really no surprise that almost every booth had GDPR on its signage or speaker list. A recent solution brief released by Intel explains how GDPR gives an opportunity to rethink security and build from the ground up. Intel® architecture-based solutions offer the flexibility and built-in capabilities to help effectively address GDPR challenges, such as geo-location and data protections in the cloud.

 It’s Time to Innovate with Intel® SGX

I also noticed the rapidly expanding range of solutions built on Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX). From hardware security module (HSM) solutions to blockchain to trusted execution environment (TEE) usages for the cloud, Intel® SGX was the link for application developers to add protections of data within the cloud. Companies like Fortanix, Equinix, Cryptsoft, and Gemalto are all utilizing Intel® SGX as a trusted execution environment to better protect applications.

At the Intel booth, we showed our Intel® Platform Developers Kits for Intel® SGX and Blockchain, which make it easier to get up and running with all the necessary drivers, libraries, and sample code to quickly start developing with those technologies. These were a huge hit, and we received a lot of questions regarding how people could get their hands on them. We have a simple ordering process—check out this solution brief to get started!

The Blockchain Buzz Continues

And last, but not least, blockchain. Despite not, technically, being a security technology, blockchain was another popular topic at the conference. There were sessions, demos, and keynotes all dedicated to showing the next new innovations in blockchain, both in how to secure it and how to use it for improving security in processes, such as supply chains. Intel was right there with multiple blockchain demos and theater sessions explaining what blockchain is, why it is relevant for a security audience, and how Intel can make blockchains faster, more secure, and more scalable. Intel is working with the Linux Foundation on the Hyperledger project, and they joined us to give an overview of what they’re doing.

Putting Control in the Hands of Developers

Highly advanced threats are the new normal, and security solutions must evolve to meet them. It was encouraging to witness the breadth of collaboration we have with partners across the industry. Intel is committed to a secure digital world, enabling innovation with security at the core. Now is the time to deploy the hardware-enabled tools that help protect customer data and make workloads more secure. Start developing code with Intel® SGX, and take a closer look at the resilience of your underlying platform hardware and firmware. Together with our industry partners—and consistent with our security first pledge—we will continue to work tirelessly to safeguard our customers and their data.