Executive Director, Confidential Computing Consortium

I look forward to furthering the aims of the CCC

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve just started a new role as part-time Executive Director for the Confidential Computing Consortium, which is a project of the The Linux Foundation. I have been involved from the very earliest days of the consortium, which was founded in 2019, and I’m delighted to be joining as an officer of the project as we move into the next phase of our growth. I look forward to working with existing and future members and helping to expand industry adoption of Confidential Computing.

For those of you who’ve been following what I’ve been up to over the years, this may not be a huge surprise, at least in terms of my involvement, which started right at the beginning of the CCC. In fact, Enarx, the open source project of which I was co-founder, was the very first project to be accepted into the CCC, and Red Hat, where I was Chief Security Architect (in the Office of the CTO) at the time, was one of the founding members. Since then, I’ve served on the Governing Board (twice, once as Red Hat’s representative as a Premier member, and once as an elected representative of the General members) acted as Treasurer, been Co-chair of the Attestation SIG and been extremely active in the Technical Advisory Council. I was instrumental in initiating the creation of the first analyst report into Confidential Computing and helped in the creation of the two technical and one general white paper published by the CCC. I’ve enjoyed working with the brilliant industry leaders who more than ably lead the CCC, many of whom I now count not only as valued colleagues but also as friends.

The position – Executive Director – however, is news. For a while, the CCC has been looking to extend its activities beyond what the current officers of the consortium can manage, given that they have full-time jobs outside the CCC. The consortium has grown to over 40 members now – 8 Premier, 35 General and 8 Associate – and with that comes both the opportunity to engage in a whole new set of activities, but also a responsibility to listen to the various voices of the membership and to ensure that the consortium’s activities are aligned with the expectations and ambitions of the members. Beyond that, as Confidential Computing becomes more pervasive, it’s time to ensure that (as far as possible), there’s a consistent, crisp and compelling set of messages going out to potential adopters of the technology, as well as academics and regulators.

I plan to be working on the issues above. I’ve only just started and there’s a lot to be doing – and the role is only part-time! – but I look forward to furthering the aims of the CCC:

The Confidential Computing Consortium is a community focused on projects securing data in use and accelerating the adoption of confidential computing through open collaboration.

The core mission of the CCC

Wish me luck, or, even better, get in touch and get involved yourself.