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Privacy, Security and Trust in Cloud Computing

Cloud computing refers to the underlying infrastructure for an emerging model of service provision that has the advantage of reducing cost by sharing computing and storage resources, combined with an on-demand provisioning mechanism relying on a pay-per-use business model. These new features have a direct impact on information technology (IT) budgeting but also affect traditional security, trust and privacy mechanisms. The advantages of cloud computing—its ability to scale rapidly, store data remotely and share services in a dynamic environment—can become disadvantages in maintaining a level of assurance sufficient to sustain confidence in potential customers. Some core traditional mechanisms for addressing privacy (such as model contracts) are no longer flexible or dynamic enough, so new approaches need to be developed to fit this new paradigm. In this chapter, we assess how security, trust and privacy issues occur in the context of cloud computing and discuss ways in which they may be addressed.

Siani Pearson
Springer London
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Pearson S., "Privacy, Security and Trust in Cloud Computing" in Privacy and Security for Cloud Computing, Computer Communications and Networks, Part of the series Computer Communications and Networks, Page(s): 3-42, Print ISBN 978-1-4471-4188-4, Online ISBN 978-1-4471-4189-1, Springer London, DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4471-4189-1_1.