How Secure is Your Information in the Cloud
Even though organizations are questioning how secure the Cloud is, the industry is still evolving, and most companies are accelerating its adoption. A Forrester Research survey shows that 38 percent of enterprise decision-makers said they are building private Clouds, 32 percent are procuring public Cloud services, and the remainder are planning to implement some form of Cloud technology this year. The hybrid Cloud is also heating up, with 59 percent of respondents saying that they are adopting the model. Businesses tend to use a number of different platforms—public, private, and hybrid cloud; monitoring data, detecting anomalies, and spotting bad behavior across different services can expose the security of the Cloud.
One of the main programs that provides a knowledge framework that identifies and works on solving those security challenges of the Cloud is the PaaSword research and innovation initiative. It tackles the current major data security challenges posed by the Cloud Security Alliance and provides essential knowledge to organizations that wish to securely migrate to the Cloud. Security and data concerns of today’s organizations need a holistic approach that introduces a security and privacy-preserving framework with distributed encrypted persistence in Cloud-based applications.
Small and medium enterprises, Open Source developers, large companies, international agencies, and research institutions will be able to implement PaaSword to safeguard both corporate and personal data for Cloud infrastructures and storage services. PaasWord uses the multi-Cloud deployment platform SlipStream as a platform and as a service to demonstrate how the project’s storage components can be deployed easily as part of a larger, web-based application.
It will enable the implementation of secure and transparent Cloud-based applications and services that can maintain a fully distributed and encrypted data persistence layer; thus, it will ensure data protection, integrity and confidentiality, even in cases where there is no control over the underlying third-party Cloud resources utilized.
The PaaSword project is funded by the European Commission in the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and involves Europe’s leading companies and research institutes in the area of Cloud computing, Cloud security, information technology security, data encryption, and system integration.