As cloud storage
becomes more common, data security is an increasing concern.
Companies and schools have been increasing their use of services like Google Drive for some time, and lots of individual users also store files on Dropbox, Box, Amazon Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and the like. They’re no doubt concerned about keeping their information private – and millions more users might store data online if they were more certain of its security.
Data stored in the cloud is nearly always stored in an encrypted form that would need to be cracked before an intruder could read the information. But as a scholar of cloud computing and cloud security, I’ve seen that where the keys to that encryption are held varies among cloud storage services. In addition, there are relatively simple ways users can boost their own data’s security beyond what’s built into systems they use.
The Modular Approach to Cloud Security (MACS) project is the National Science Foundation’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program.
A key component of the project is the Massachusetts Open Cloud, which provides the research team with a testbed for deploying and testing the developed mechanisms in a production cloud.
Visit the MACS Project Description for more details.
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