Agita Labs announced today that its TrustForge secure computation capability is now available in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Based on Agita’s sequestered encryption technology, TrustForge enables users to upload data to the cloud while retaining complete control over who can view and process it. Both the data and its decryption keys always stay encrypted, keeping them safe from attackers, developers, and IT staff.
The company also has plans to make TrustForge available on Amazon Web Services and for on-premises installations by the end of 2022.
Trying to find and fix every vulnerability is a losing battle the code is too complex and the attackers are too clever, TrustForge tips the balance of power from the attacker to the defender by keeping data always encrypted and accessible only by a provably secure cryptographic enclave deployed in the cloud. Even if the system is hacked, data stays secure.” Todd Austin, CEO, and co-founder of Agita Labs
Austin explains that the principle behind TrustForge computing on encrypted data is like that of fully homomorphic encryption (FHE), which uses elaborate mathematical equations to process encrypted data without revealing its contents. But TrustForge differs in that it uses specialized hardware instead of math to keep data secure. That makes its computing overhead thousands of times smaller and avoids the cumbersome programming restrictions of FHE.
Our TrustForge secure computation framework was designed with devops programmers in mind, we can quickly deploy TrustForge to solve specific data privacy needs, to stop data breaches and give users and their customers peace of mind when sharing sensitive data.” Alex Kisil, Agita Labs’ director of engineering
The technology’s combination of high security, low computing overhead and ease of deployment enables cloud-based processing for data types that were previously too risky to trust to the cloud. Applications like medical EMR data, financial data, private machine learning and recommendation, privatized surveillance and genomics information can now be uploaded to the cloud for always secure and auditable sharing.
Agita Labs is a spin-off startup from the University of Michigan where Austin, along with chief scientist and co-founder Valeria Bertacco, worked on the DARPA-funded Morpheus secure CPU. Morpheus proved itself by successfully fending off 500+ attackers for three months. TrustForge brings the next generation of that technology to the cloud with improved security and programmability.