Current  security  mechanisms  are  commonly  located  within  the  cloud platform, hence compelling customers trust cloud providers for the way they manage their data. This leaves the cloud as an impractical  solution for those customers that value the sensitivity of their data as critical or should comply with specific regulations that force them to treat  data  with  special precautions, reaching higher importance when dealing with business and user sensitive data.
Thus, to reach its full potential, cloud computing needs solid security mechanisms that enhance  trust   in   cloud computing by allowing cloud customers greater control on the security and privacy of their data.

When it comes to out sourcing sensitive data, security and privacy challenges are intertwined around data protection. Regarding security, users want to be assured that no intruder can hack the cloud and/or impersonate them, and that no denial of service will occur.

If the challenge  is not  addressed, cloud potentials could be hindered because of the lack of trust in outsourcing data to third parties. Cloud infrastructures will remain unsecure, with limited or no control of the customers over their data and exposure to practical attacks and malicious users.

To enhance security, CLARUS will develop an attack-tolerant framework, so that potential security breaches within the cloud can be dynamically detected and appropriate mitigation measures can be activated on line; CLARUS framework will allow end users to monitor, audit and control the stored data without impairing the functionality and cost saving benefits of cloud services.

Find out how CLARUS is contributing to the Data Protection, Security and Privacy in the Cloud (DPSP) Cluster at NetFutures 2016, 20-21 April, Brussels.