Information Systems: Secure Access and Storage in the Age of Cloud Computing

RODRIGUES, Marcos A and SIDDEQ, Mohammed M (2016). Information Systems: Secure Access and Storage in the Age of Cloud Computing. Athens Journal of Sciences, 3 (4), 267-284.

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Given that cloud computing is a remotely accessed service, the connection between provider and customer needs to be adequately protected against all known security risks. In order to ensure this, an open and clear specification of all standards, algorithms and security protocols adopted by the cloud provider is required. In this paper, we review current issues concerned with security threats to cloud computing and present a solution based on our unique patented compression-encryption method. The method provides highly efficient data compression where a unique symmetric key is generated as part of the compression process and is dependent on the characteristics of the data. Without the key, the data cannot be decompressed. We focus on threat prevention by cryptography that, if properly implemented, is virtually impossible to break directly. Our security by design is based on two principles: first, defence in depth, where our proposed design is such that more than one subsystem needs to be violated to get both the data and their key. Second, the principle of least privilege, where the attacker may gain access to only part of a system. The paper highlights the benefits of the solution that include high compression ratios, less bandwidth requirements, faster data transmission and response times, less storage space, and less energy consumption among others.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
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Page Range: 267-284
Depositing User: Marcos Rodrigues
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2016 12:26
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 05:25

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