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Fortanix Supports Government Agencies to Bolster Federal Data Security with Confidential Computing

Confidential Computing Leader Helps Federal Organizations Manage Growing Data Security Concerns via Single Centralized Platform

Fortanix Inc., the data-first multi-cloud security company, announced that government agencies are leveraging Fortanix Data Security Manager (DSM) to address the increase in cybercrimes, data breaches and manage growing data security challenges posed by nation-state bad actors. Fortanix’s DSM platform utilizes Confidential Computing to enable federal organizations to protect sensitive data even if the infrastructure is compromised, and helps mitigate future attacks.

“The need for federal intelligence and defense communities to strengthen data security has never been more urgent”

The U.S. Federal Government is allocating billions into cybersecurity on a yearly basis to protect classified information, critical infrastructure, and defend against ransomware. Fortanix enables federal agencies to consolidate their disparate and fragmented data security products, including hardware security module (HSM), key management, tokenization, database and data storage encryption, applications encryption, and secrets management, into one web-scale platform. This helps lower the total cost of ownership and comply with federal mandates like DCOI, FITARA, and Cloud Smart. Using Confidential Computing, Fortanix helps organizations reduce architectural complexity, create simplicity and incorporate cloud-native integrations.

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“Fortanix is seeing a significant shift among public sector clients,” said Ambuj Kumar, Co-founder and CEO of Fortanix. “Ransomware attacks, data breaches, securing DevSecOps, supply chain security concerns, and the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity are prompting federal organizations to re-examine legacy approaches to protecting, encrypting, and managing their data. As a trusted leader in Confidential Computing, Fortanix works with government agencies to protect sensitive data even in the most challenging environments. This is resonating with public sector customers as they face new cybersecurity challenges every day.”

“The need for federal intelligence and defense communities to strengthen data security has never been more urgent,” said Katie Gray, Partner and investment lead of Cyber practice, In-Q-Tel, the not-for profit strategic investor that accelerates the development and delivery of cutting-edge technologies to U.S. intelligence and defense agencies. “We are pleased to add Fortanix to our portfolio as we believe their platform and their technology can help our government partners address their data security challenges of today and those in the future.”

Fortanix’s DSM platform provides federal organizations with the ability to future-proof their operations with full regional and international compliance and security in the cloud, protection of sensitive data and IP within secure Trusted Execution Environments (TEE), and complete control of data and ability to move encrypted data and process it in cloud environments. According to the NSA’s and CISA’s recent Security Guidance for 5G Cloud Infrastructures, Confidential Computing techniques like Trusted Execution Environments can also be used to protect sensitive 5G workloads which are used in government agencies.

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Additionally, Fortanix offers comprehensive technical controls that federal agencies demand from enterprise solutions, including FIPS 140-2 Level 1, FIPS 140-2 Level 3, TAA Compliant, FISMA compliant and SOCS 2.

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Leidos, a FORTUNE® 500 science and technology leader, has worked in collaboration with Intel and Fortanix to validate the application of Confidential Computing to protect sensitive data and application software when in use, in support of U.S. healthcare agency requirements.

Using Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) and the Fortanix DSM and Fortanix Confidential Computing Manager tools, Leidos has successfully demonstrated a centralized research portal where applications running in secure enclaves capture, encrypt and analyze data. Secure enclaves at remote real-world data (RWD) endpoints receive queries, verify policy approvals, gather data, and return anonymized and encrypted responses to the centralized portal.

The distributed and extensible architecture developed to support RWD collection has since been augmented with secure DICOM image conversion and the addition of secure speech-to-text, natural language processing (NLP), and other AI workloads, to enhance the capabilities available to healthcare organizations and regulatory agencies.

The flexibility of the RWD architecture developed by Leidos and Fortanix enables adaptation of the demonstrated healthcare solution to other areas where data and applications security is vital, including defense, intelligence, law enforcement, critical infrastructure, and platform mission systems.

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