The adoption of edge computing is rapidly growing, partly owing its rise to the now ubiquitous cloud-native revolution. Cloud native principles enable developers to build and deploy microservices in light-weight containers which are ideal for remote edge locations with a compact physical footprint.
However, the inherent qualities of the edge differ vastly from traditional data centers. The edge compute devices are distributed and managed remotely unlike the centralized data centers and security platforms for edge devices are diverse and fragmented requiring different roots of trust and provisioning services. For developers to secure such devices, they need solutions that are automated and eliminated from platform dependencies.
Platform Abstraction for SECurity (PARSEC) is a micro-service that provides a client library with security APIs that map to various security primitives from any hardware based or software-based source. These APIs are optimized for cloud native development and available in several popular languages. The best part - these libraries are open source and can be expanded as needed. PARSEC also provides a framework to enable multi-tenancy security so that multiple applications can use the monolithic hardware security capabilities of a device.
Image: PARSEC Security Framework
To accelerate the adoption of PARSEC for a Secure edge, Docker and Arm collaborated with Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and launched a community sandbox. As a leader in advancing the container technology adoption in the industry, CNCF is an ideal place for PARSEC. CNCF approved sandboxes adhere to a strict code of conduct and support from the community. Arm’s decision to donate PARSEC to the CNCF Sandbox project is to maintain transparency with our partners by having an independently managed review process provided by CNCF. This also accelerates the adoption and fuels the expansion of this project.
With the PARSEC framework continuing to evolve and new features added daily, now is the time to join bi-weekly community calls, signup on the Slack channel as we define the future of security for a diverse landscape. All details are on our GitHub page.
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