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An analysis of security issues for cloud computing

Keiko Hashizume1*, David G Rosado2, Eduardo Fernández-Medina2 and Eduardo B Fernandez1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, USA

2 Department of Information Systems and Technologies GSyA Research Group, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain

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Journal of Internet Services and Applications 2013, 4:5  doi:10.1186/1869-0238-4-5

Published: 27 February 2013

Abstract

Cloud Computing is a flexible, cost-effective, and proven delivery platform for providing business or consumer IT services over the Internet. However, cloud Computing presents an added level of risk because essential services are often outsourced to a third party, which makes it harder to maintain data security and privacy, support data and service availability, and demonstrate compliance. Cloud Computing leverages many technologies (SOA, virtualization, Web 2.0); it also inherits their security issues, which we discuss here, identifying the main vulnerabilities in this kind of systems and the most important threats found in the literature related to Cloud Computing and its environment as well as to identify and relate vulnerabilities and threats with possible solutions.

Keywords:
Cloud computing; Security; SPI model; Vulnerabilities; Threats; Countermeasures