Protecting Your Data In Use At Enveil with Ellison Anne Williams - Episode 45


August 27th, 2018

24 mins 41 secs

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About this Episode


There are myriad reasons why data should be protected, and just as many ways to enforce it in tranist or at rest. Unfortunately, there is still a weak point where attackers can gain access to your unencrypted information. In this episode Ellison Anny Williams, CEO of Enveil, describes how her company uses homomorphic encryption to ensure that your analytical queries can be executed without ever having to decrypt your data.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Ellison Anne Williams about Enveil, a pioneering data security company protecting Data in Use


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data security?
  • Can you start by explaining what your mission is with Enveil and how the company got started?
  • One of the core aspects of your platform is the principal of homomorphic encryption. Can you explain what that is and how you are using it?
    • What are some of the challenges associated with scaling homomorphic encryption?
    • What are some difficulties associated with working on encrypted data sets?

  • Can you describe the underlying architecture for your data platform?

    • How has that architecture evolved from when you first began building it?

  • What are some use cases that are unlocked by having a fully encrypted data platform?

  • For someone using the Enveil platform, what does their workflow look like?

  • A major reason for never decrypting data is to protect it from attackers and unauthorized access. What are some of the remaining attack vectors?

  • What are some aspects of the data being protected that still require additional consideration to prevent leaking information? (e.g. identifying individuals based on geographic data, or purchase patterns)

  • What do you have planned for the future of Enveil?

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Parting Question

  • From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data security today?


The intro and outro music is from The Hug by The Freak Fandango Orchestra / CC BY-SA

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