Cloud data security company Fortanix has announced Fortanix Confidential Data Search, a search offering for encrypted databases within enterprise cloud workflows.\n\n\u201cConfidential Data Search allows data analysts to use off-the-shelf, unmodified databases in a standard, unrestricted SQL environment,\u201d said Richard Searle, vice president of Confidential Computing, Fortanix. \u201cUsers do not need to convert their datasets to new complex proprietary database formats or deploy proprietary agents.\u201d\n\nThe search capability, Fortanix claims, doesn\u2019t compromise data security or privacy regulations as it supports a range of regulatory compliance controls.\n\nThe offering will be available for early trials in the second half of 2023, as part of Fortanix\u2019s data security manager (DSM) SaaS.\n\nConfidential and unrestricted search\n\nFortanix Confidential Data Search is powered by the company\u2019s in-house confidential computing technology, a data security method that uses runtime encryption and secures the encryption keys inside of a secure enclave such as Intel SGX, AMD SEV-SNP and AWS Nitro Enclaves.\n\nThe offering, Fortanix claims, will allow data analysts to use unmodified databases, using a standard SQL environment that is universally familiar, enabling them to retrieve more accurate results, faster. There\u2019s no need to convert databases to complex formats, like existing solutions, or deploy proprietary agents.\n\n\u201cThe solution uses proven encryption standards for increased trustworthiness, including readiness for post-quantum cryptography (PQC),\u201d Searle said.\n\nThe new data search capability uses commodity databases and hardware. Fortanix provides secure trusted execution environments (TEEs) as a cloud service, enabling customers to pay based only on usage. The Confidential Data Search ensures query issuer and data owner confidentiality, allowing execution of arbitrary SQL queries without significant system latency.\n\nLegacy solutions introduce complexity\n\nFortanix\u2019s new offering is targeted at reducing the complexity that comes with the existing data-searching solutions on the market. Almost all the existing solutions use heavy (expensive and complex) cryptographic technologies, according to Fortanix.\n\n\u201cCurrent solutions that enable secure searches of encrypted data are predominantly based on complex and expensive cryptographic technologies, which are impractical for data-mining complex medical or financial datasets,\u201d Searle said. \u201cSuch computationally intensive approaches can be 1,000 to 1,000,000 times slower than standard non-encrypted databases and often require customized hardware to alleviate the delay.\u201d\n\nThe existing technologies, also called homomorphic encryption, restrict search parameters\u2019 scope, making only numerical searches possible.\n\nThese technologies may also require additional solutions to validate different levels of access mandated by data regulations. Fortanix\u2019s offering, however, supports data analysis across different geographies which require varying regulatory and compliance controls such as HIPAA, GDPR, FINMA, PCI-DSS, etc.\n\nFortanix will be showcasing the new offering at the 2023 Confidential Computing Summit at the San Francisco Marriot Marquis on June 29.