Secure Architectures in the Cloud


De Capitani di Vimercati, Sabrina and Pieters, Wolter and Probst, Christian W. (2011) Secure Architectures in the Cloud. [Report]

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Abstract:This report documents the outcomes of Dagstuhl Seminar 11492 “Secure Architectures in the Cloud”. In cloud computing, data storage and processing are offered as services, and data are managed by external providers that reside outside the control of the data owner. The use of such services reduces the burden of the owners in managing their data, and may provide significant cost savings. However, cloud computing introduces new security and privacy concerns. In fact, there is little consensus on how to guarantee the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data in cloud computing scenarios. Also, it is unclear to what extent parties can be held accountable in case something goes wrong. In this seminar, we searched for architectures, modelling approaches, and mechanisms that can help in providing guarantees for cloud security. We proposed the concept of verification-as-a-service that can guide architectures for verification of cloud architectures and configurations, as well as results of computations. We also proposed architectures for organizing customisability of security and privacy for cloud customers.
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