Dina Bass reports:
Microsoft, working with chipmaker Intel, is offering a cloud-computing service with more powerful encryption to secure data from hackers – and protect it from secret government data-gathering.
Called Azure confidential computing, the technology encrypts data while it is in use – which is when most security breaches occur, according to Azure Chief Technology Officer Mark Russinovich. The new product works by placing customer information in a virtual enclave, essentially a black box that keeps anyone outside the customer — including Microsoft itself — from accessing the data. That can keep cyberthieves, malicious insiders and governments from getting in without customer authorization.
Read more from Reuters on Seattle Times.
Microsoft announced the new service on its blog, here.