An analysis of the cloud computing security problem

Mohamed Almorsy, John Grundy, Ingo Mueller

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Cloud computing is a new computational paradigm that offers an innovative business model for organizations to adopt IT without upfront investment. Despite the potential gains achieved from the cloud computing, the model security is still questionable which impacts the cloud model adoption. The security problem becomes more complicated under the cloud model as new dimensions have entered into the problem scope related to the model architecture, multi-tenancy, elasticity, and layers dependency stack. In this paper we introduce a detailed analysis of the cloud security problem. We investigated the problem from the cloud architecture perspective, the cloud offered characteristics perspective, the cloud stakeholders’ perspective, and the cloud service delivery models perspective. Based on this analysis we derive a detailed specification of the cloud security problem and key features that should be covered by any proposed security solution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn Proceedings of the Performance Assessment and Auditing in Service Computing Workshop 2010
Subtitle of host publicationheld in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing (ICSOC’10)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventPerformance Assessment and Auditing in Service Computing Workshop 2010 - San Francisco, United States of America
Duration: 7 Dec 201010 Dec 2010


ConferencePerformance Assessment and Auditing in Service Computing Workshop 2010
CountryUnited States of America
CitySan Francisco

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