Intel’s Paul O’Neill explains what confidential computing is and why it’s so important for the future of cybersecurity.

As the cybersecurity landscape continues to change, infosec leaders are looking to newer methods of protection to stay ahead of bad actors.

Paul O’Neill, who works in Intel’s confidential computing group, said confidential computing is one such method, describing it as “a new weapon” in the privacy arsenal.

“Confidential computing is not just a fancy technology or a solution looking for a problem, but it’s a disruptive enabler of data protection and secure computing,” said O’Neill.

“It’s privacy by design. So the fundamental value of confidential computing using hardware-based technologies is the ability to isolate the software and data from the underlying infrastructure, the hardware [and] the operating system, by means of hardware-level encryption.”


Words by Jenny Darmody