Enveil Advances Encryption With ZeroReveal Compute Fabric
Sean Michael Kerner | July 03, 2018
Enveil announced its ZeroReveal Compute Fabric technology on July 3, providing organizations with an encrypted data in-use platform that can protect against nation-state level threats. Ellison Anne Williams spent 12 years working as a senior researcher at the National Security Agency (NSA), helping to develop technologies to keep secrets safe. In 2016, Williams founded Enveil, based on technologies she and her team were working on at the NSA. Enveil is backed by investment firm In-Q-Tel, which helps startups build technologies that are of interest to U.S. government intelligence agencies. "We focus completely on securing data when it's being used or processed," Williams told eWEEK. "Today we're announcing the ZeroReveal Compute Fabric, which really allows enterprises to secure their usage of data no matter where it is." Enveil had a precursor product in the market prior to the new Compute Fabric launch, Williams said, that included a client stand-alone application that enabled point-to-point secure usage of data. The Compute Fabric expands on the initial product, enabling an entire enterprise to be secure with multiple deployment options, including on-premises and in the cloud. The core innovation behind Enveil's technology is its implementation of homomorphic encryption at scale. With homomorphic encryption, regular usage operations, including search, can be conducted on encrypted data without ever needing to decrypt the data. Williams noted that homomorphic encryption is a concept that has been around for 30 years, though historically it has been very computational intensive and slow, making it impractical for many use cases.