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RISE Research Institutes of Sweden offers Master Thesis: Workload Attestation for Virtualized Confidential Computing at the Digital Systems division, Computer Science department, Sweden – Nov 2021

 

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General Info

Position: Internships
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: November 15, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: Dec 01, 2021
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Workplace:
Digital Systems division
Department of Computer Science
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Gothenburg,

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Qualification Details

We expect you to have good programming skills in: C, Python and Rust + UNIX skills. Furthermore, you have an interest in operating systems, virtualization, cloud computing and distributed systems security. Solid oral and written English skills are required.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Project Smart och Säkert (SOS) protects the security and privacy of IoT data stored and processed in public clouds. SOS leverages hardware security support in commodity platforms (AMD SEV/Intel TDX/IBM PEF) to protect IoT automation applications, while providing strong security and privacy guarantees about the data and workloads being deployed.

The thesis includes the following objectives:

  • Review existing approaches to remote attestation for confidential computing VMs;
  • Implement support for virtual machine remote attestation on Linux;
  • Design a protocol for scalable cluster attestation of confidential computing workloads;
  • Provide a prototype implementation and a written report on the findings.

Implementation on x86 platforms or POWER server platforms. A successful project could lead to a valuable open-source contribution and an academic publication presented at a prestigious conference or workshop.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: -2021/464
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

Applications should include:

  • Your CV with your education, professional experience and specific skills
  • A written report you authored or co-authored for a university level course.
  • Samples of previous programming or other relevant projects.
  • Recent grades (academic transcript).

About the Project

Recent advancements in platform security, standardization and software development enable radical improvements in the security and privacy of cloud data and workloads. This allows to create isolated, verifiable and user-controlled confidential computing environments that radically alter the trust relationship between customer businesses and cloud service providers. Platform vendor technologies such as Intel TDX, and AMD SEV and IBM PEF allow launching virtual machines with encrypted memory that can be remotely attested by users. This enables more businesses to migrate their data, processing, or the entire software stack to cloud premises, while significantly reducing related risks and simplifying compliance. Combined with other Privacy Enhancing Technologies, confidential computing enables new business models for data and workload collaboration. However, existing gaps in the protocol stack and tooling slow down the wider adoption of confidential computing in cloud settings.

About the Employer: RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

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Contact details

  • Industry supervisor: Nicolae Paladi, PhD (CanaryBit AB: nicolae@canarybit.eu)
  • For questions and more information, please contact recruiting manager Fatemeh Rahimian, PhD, 010-2284375.

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