Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Controlling Data in the Cloud: Outsourcing Computation without Outsourcing Control

CCSW 2009: The ACM Cloud Computing Security Workshop

The cloud computing paper "Controlling Data in the Cloud: Outsourcing Computation without Outsourcing Control" by our security team with Fujitsu has been accepted by the workshop.

Paper Summary

Cloud computing is clearly one of today’s most enticing technology areas due, at least in part, to its cost-efficiency and flexibility. However, despite the surge in activity and interest, there are significant, persistent concerns about cloud computing that are impeding momentum and will eventually compromise the vision of cloud computing as a new IT procurement model. In this paper, we characterize the problems and their impact on adoption. In addition, and equally importantly, we describe how the combination of existing research thrusts has the potential to alleviate many of the concerns impeding adoption. In particular, we argue that with continued research advances in trusted computing and computation-supporting encryption, life in the cloud can be advantageous from a business intelligence standpoint over the isolated alternative that is more common today

New Cloud Computing Directions

Well, the really good stuff is at the end. They include
  • Information-centric security
  • High-Assurance Remote Server Attestation
  • Privacy-Enhanced Business Intelligence

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