Privacy penetration testing: how to establish trust in your cloud provider

Christian W. Probst, A. Angela Sasse, Wolter Pieters, Trajce Dimkov, Erik Luysterborg, Michel Arnaud

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    In the age of cloud computing, IT infrastructure becomes virtualised and takes the form of services. This virtualisation results in an increasing de-perimeterisation, where the location of data and computation is irrelevant from a user’s point of view. This irrelevance means that private and institutional users no longer have a concept of where their data is stored, and whether they can trust in cloud providers to protect their data. In this chapter we investigate methods for increasing customers’ trust into cloud providers, and suggest a public penetration- testing agency as an essential component in a trustworthy cloud infrastructure.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEuropean Data Protection: In Good Health?
    EditorsSerge Gutwirth, Ronald Leens, Paul De Hert, Yves Poullet
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)978-94-007-2903-2
    ISBN (Print)978-94-007-2902-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Publication series

    NameInternational, Foreign and Comparative Law


    • Cloud computing
    • Trust
    • Socio-technical system modelling
    • Privacy
    • Penetration Testing
    • SCS-Cybersecurity


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