IBM releases fully homomorphic encryption toolkit for macOS and iOS

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IBM launches fully homomorphic encryption toolkit for macOS and iOS, says it will be soon available on Linux and Android

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, with operations in over 170 countries. The company began in 1911, founded in Endicott, New York, as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) and was renamed “International Business Machines” in 1924. IBM is incorporated in New York. The company entered the fully homomorphic encryption(FHE) eleven years ago and now finally releases it now.

Homomorphic encryption is a form of encryption that allows computation on ciphertexts, generating an encrypted result which, when decrypted, matches the result of the operations as if they had been performed on the plaintext. Homomorphic encryption can be used for privacy-preserving outsourced storage and computation. This allows data to be encrypted and out-sourced to commercial cloud environments for processing, all while encrypted.

IBM aims to change that with the release of new toolkits that should help developers start experimenting with FHE and eventually incorporate it into the products they build. The toolkit is available today in GitHub for macOS and iOS, and it will soon be available for Linux and Android.

If we are able to perform computation with data encrypted, we can address this paradox of the need to know versus the need to share. It’s almost the same as enabling the processing of that data without getting access to it. If we can achieve that, we are adding a level of security beyond what [exists]today.

Flavio Bergamaschi, FHE pioneer and IBM Researcher, explained to reporters

According to Bergamaschi the FHE has the potential to increase the security way far from the companies that have their security currently. Inside the business logic of an application, data remains decrypted, Bergamaschi explained. But with the implementation of FHE, that’s no longer the case — meaning some functions and operations will change. In other words, “There will be a need to rewrite parts of the business logic,” Bergamaschi said. “But the security that you gain with that, where the data is encrypted all the time, is very high.”

Well, the company has also provided multiple proofs of the technology that shows the entire encryption of the data that to without disturbing the resided data. As the software is still in development, IBM is interested now in getting it into the hands of developers to make the concept less abstract. To stay updated on Tech and Cybersecurity news subscribe to our newsletter from here

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