Cloud Data Protection for the Masses

Date: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 8:59am

UCSB COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS:

Thursday, March 8, 2012
11:00 – 12:00 PM
Computer Science Conference Room, Harold Frank Hall Rm. 1132

HOST: Giovanni Vigna

SPEAKER: Elaine Shi
Research Scientist, UC Berkeley

Title: Cloud Data Protection for the Masses

Abstract:

Although cloud computing promises numerous benefits, including lower
costs, rapid scaling, easier maintenance, and ubiquitous availability, a
key challenge is how to protect users’ data in the cloud. Today, users
effectively lose control of their data in the cloud, and if either the
cloud infrastructure or applications are compromised, users’ privacy
will be at risk. The ubiquitous concern over cloud data privacy demands
a paradigm shift, such that users can retain control of their data in
the cloud, and verify that the cloud providers have correctly enforced
their privacy policies.

In this talk, I will describe several enabling technologies towards this
vision. Specifically, I will talk about 1) how to safeguard users’ data
against potentially compromised applications; 2) how to safeguard users’
data against a potentially compromised computation provider; and 3) how
to safeguard users’ data against a potentially compromised storage
provider. I will also talk about our ongoing effort at integrating these
technologies to provide a cloud infrastructure which offers data
protection at the platform level. In this way, users can benefit from
the rich cloud applications without worrying about the privacy of their
data; and application developers can focus on developing functionality
while offloading the burden of providing security and privacy to the
cloud platform.