Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy

Program

Computer Science

Supervisor(s)

Dr. Hanan Lutfiyya, Mark Perry

Abstract

Cloud computing offers opportunities for organizations to reduce IT costs by using the computation and storage of a remote provider. Despite the benefits offered by cloud computing paradigm, organizations are still wary of delegating their computation and storage to a cloud service provider due to trust concerns. The trust issues with the cloud can be addressed by a combination of regulatory frameworks and supporting technologies. Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PET) and remote attestation provide the technologies for addressing the trust concerns. PET provides proactive measures through cryptography and selective dissemination of data to the client. Remote attestation mechanisms provides reactive measures by enabling the client to remotely verify if a provider is compromised. The contributions of this work are three fold. This thesis explores the PET landscape by studying in detail the implications of using PET in cloud architectures. The practicality of remote attestation in Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) scenarios is also analyzed and improvements have been proposed to the state of the art. This thesis also propose a fresh look at trust relationships in cloud computing, where a single provider changes its configuration for each client based on the subjective and dynamic trust assessments of clients. We conclude by proposing a plan for expanding on the completed work.


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