Nataraj Nagaratnam is an IBM Fellow–the highest honor a scientist, engineer, or programmer at IBM can achieve. He is also an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO for Cloud Security. He oversees the technical architecture for key components of IBM Cloud for Financial Services and the IBM Confidential Computing roadmap. He has about 100 patents to his name, and has made sustained security contributions across IBM’s cloud, security and middleware offerings.
As companies increasingly rely on public and hybrid cloud services, data privacy in the cloud has become critical. Confidential computing primarily aims to provide greater assurance to companies that their data in the cloud is protected and confidential. It encourages companies to move more of their sensitive data and computing workloads to public cloud services. IBM has been investing in confidential computing technologies for over a decade.
In this video interview with Leslie D’Monte, Nataraj explains what confidential computing means for enterprises. He also speaks about the synergy of other cutting-edge technologies, like quantum safe cryptography and fully homomorphic encryption (FHE), with confidential computing–the idea being to give customers total control over their data.