Control: 4.11 Ensure that Compute instances have Confidential Computing enabled
Google Cloud encrypts data at-rest and in-transit, but customer data must be decrypted for processing. Confidential Computing is a breakthrough technology which encrypts data in-use while it is being processed. Confidential Computing environments keep data encrypted in memory and elsewhere outside the central processing unit (CPU).
Confidential Computing enables customers' sensitive code and other data encrypted in memory during processing. Google does not have access to the encryption keys. Confidential VM can help alleviate concerns about risk related to either dependency on Google infrastructure or Google insiders' access to customer data in the clear.
Confidential Computing can only be enabled when an instance is created. You must delete the current instance and create a new one.
- Login to VM instances
- Click CREATE INSTANCE.
- Fill out the desired configuration for your instance.
- Under the
Confidential VM servicesection, check the option Enable the Confidential Computing service on this VM instance.
- Click Create.
From Command Line
Create a new instance with Confidential Compute enabled.
gcloud beta compute instances create INSTANCE_NAME --zone ZONE --confidential-compute --maintenance-policy=TERMINATE
steampipe check gcp_compliance.control.cis_v120_4_11
This control uses a named query:compute_instance_confidential_computing_enabled