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November 17, 2020
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MC’s for Production Identity Day: SPIFFE + SPIRE: Umair Khan, HPE + Andrès Vega, VMware
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Tuesday, November 17 • 4:20pm - 4:35pm
Attestation and identity provisioning to Intel SGX workloads

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Using workload attestation mechanisms to provision identity to workloads adds a huge value to this identity, especially in multi-cloud environments. Strong identities simplify policy management and help integration between services. However, attesting workloads based on properties collected from the Linux Kernel or the orchestrator is just the beginning. With confidential computing mechanisms reaching public cloud providers, there is an opportunity to raise the bar on the supported threat model and the strength of the application identities using technologies such as Intel SGX.
In this talk, I will explain how having an SGX Attestor could lead to identities that reflect not only where code is running, but also reflect the code of application that was actually loaded and the configuration of the filesystem that supports it. Next, I will discuss the benefits of such an attestor, which include enabling the seamless integration between sensitive workloads in untrusted environments with workloads on trusted environments with almost no additional burden on the developer.

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Andrey Brito

Professor, UFCG
I am a Professor at the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG, Brazil) in the Computer Science Department. My main interests are the robustness and scalability aspects of distributed systems, especially in cloud computing environments. More recently, our group has focused on... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2020 4:20pm - 4:35pm EST