Event: Enabling Trusted Compute in Untrusted Locations through the Use of Privacy Enhancing Technologies

Event: Enabling Trusted Compute in Untrusted Locations through the Use of Privacy Enhancing Technologies

Date: April 22, 2021 | 1pm EST

Operations and intelligence analysis methods involving searches and analytics performed on external datasets can be very revealing. This exposure includes not only attribution (who is performing it), but also the content of the operation itself (what is being searched for), which may include sensitive indicators and/or classified selectors that would be extremely damaging to national security if exposed. Recent advances in an increasingly visible technology category known as Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) are changing the paradigm of secure data usage by allowing sensitive indicators to be securely processed while remaining in the untrusted domain, extending the boundaries of trusted compute.

At its core, PETs are a family of technologies that enable, enhance, and preserve the privacy of data throughout its lifecycle. PETs are transformative because the mission-enabling capabilities they deliver are not making something better; they are making something entirely new possible. Utilizing these transformative technologies, users can encrypt the content of their search, analytic, or machine learning model as well as the associated results, ensuring their interests and intents remain secure and private throughout the processing lifecycle. This allows U.S. Government organizations to leverage publicly available, open-source, and/or low-side, government-curated data sources in ways that were never before possible. DoD users can perform secure searches, watchlisting, and analytics using sensitive/classified indicators against Publicly Available Information (PAI) or other less sensitive data on untrusted systems without compromising mission objectives.

In this presentation, Dr. Ryan Carr will provide an overview of the foundational technologies in this powerful category and discuss how recent advances are enabling Data in Use protection for critical mission use cases. He will address the unique challenges PETs can overcome in the mission space for applications in search/collaboration as well as machine learning. By enabling secure and efficient data sharing, collaboration, reporting, and alerting across multiple classification levels, PETs can significantly reduce operational risk and accelerate the timeline for turning raw data into actionable intelligence.

Additionally, the presentation will highlight two recent DoD/IC case studies demonstrating how Enveil's homomorphic encryption-powered solutions allow analysts to securely search and run analytics on publicly available, open-source, and low-side, government-curated data sources while ensuring that the content of the interaction and the results are never revealed. By keeping operations encrypted, analysts can be assured that the true intent of their search/analysis remains a closely guarded secret, significantly expanding to potential use of external data sources. These capabilities have far-reaching implications across the USG mission space in applications including high-to-high and high-to-low secure search as well as tactical edge use cases.

Key Takeaways

  1. Understand how PETs enable, enhance, and expand mission customer boundaries for trusted computation
  2. Gain awareness of the foundational technologies in the PETs category and their mission-enabling capabilities
  3. Highlight how PETs are being used today to enable secure search, sharing, and collaboration in a real-world mission use case


Dr. Ryan Carr serves as Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering at Enveil, the pioneering data security company protecting Data in Use. With experience in leading engineering efforts at institutions such as the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Ryan's fields of expertise include large scale analytic systems, distributed algorithms, artificial intelligence, game theory and social learning, and applying cloud computing techniques to simulate and analyze complex interactions among large numbers of autonomous agents. His research in these areas has been published in highly competitive venues such as Proceedings of the Royal Society, AAAI, and AAMAS. Ryan holds a PhD/B.S. in Computer Science.

Scott Ostrowski serves as the Vice President of Customer Success at Enveil, where he leads the company's global customer delivery and support activities. He has more than 20 years of customer engagement and client delivery experience in cyber operations, data analytics, and national security. Previously, Scott was a Chief Technologist at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he filled diverse roles such as Technical Director of a major cryptanalysis contract and Program Manager of a large-scale, cyber analytics portfolio. Scott was a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and continues to serve in the Coast Guard Reserve. He earned a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech, a M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, and a B.S. in Operations Research from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

About Enveil

Enveil is a pioneering data security company protecting Data in Use. Enveil's NIAP/CSfC-certified ZeroReveal® solutions allow data to be securely processed with sensitive indicators while remaining in the untrusted domain, extending the boundary of trusted compute. Powered by homomorphic encryption, Enveil enables secure cross-domain and tactical edge collaboration by ensuring nothing is revealed during processing. Founded by U.S. Intelligence Community alumni with backgrounds in mathematics, algorithmics, and machine learning, Enveil is revolutionizing data security by addressing a Data in Use vulnerability that people have been chasing for more than 30 years.

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