The Network of Expertise for Securing the European Commercial and Governmental Cloud Computing Infrastructure (NESECI)

Datum objave: 28.07.2011

Kategorija: Aktualno na Univerzi

Partnership request description:  Cloud computing is a new computational paradigm that has grown from being a promising commercial concept to one of the rapid growing segment of ICT services. It offers innovative models for governmental and business organisations to adopt a shared pool of configurable, usable and accessible virtualised IT resources without upfront investment. Cloud computing proposes several advantages like ubiquitous network access, hypervisor protection against network attacks, on-demand security controls, fast deployment, lower costs, pay-for-use, rapid provisioning, scalability and rapid re-constitution of services. Despite the potential gains achieved from cloud computing, concerns are beginning to grow about how cloud architecture poses a threat to the security of configurable computing resources and existing technologies. The security model of cloud computing is still questionable which impacts its creditability, pervasiveness and adoption in European governmental and commercial infrastructures. Regardless of the hype surrounding cloud computing, the advantages of this new paradigm cannot be neglected as organisations are eager to adopt these technologies to benefit from mass storage and mass computing capabilities offered by different cloud computing providers. Unfortunately these opportunities are obviously counterweighted by some security threats that particularly relate to the European environment and therefore European industry and governments run a high risk of becoming dependent on external resources. The scope and objective of the NESECI proposal is to analyse, evaluate and investigate the cloud security threats in sensitive infrastructures as well as to propose effective solutions for securing European commercial and governmental cloud computing infrastructures in order to ensure the continuing thriving of the European economy. The NESECI network of expertise will further develop the advanced technologies on the basis of existing research to implement trustworthy cloud platforms with testing and validation in order to get the industrial and societal acceptance of the proposed solutions. The main contribution of NESECI will allow critical infrastructure operators in the Europe to utilise effectively the benefits of this advanced cloud platforms without sacrificing system security. AIMS: NESECI aims to establish a network of industrial partners, researchers and international academics to: 1) Ensure end to end data privacy in our proposed trustworthy large scale cloud infrastructures to achieve optimal efficiency in the utilisation of computing resources. 2) Build a set of automatic security mechanism to get incident report handling cloud paradigm, auditing and access management services to be adopted in privacy aware cloud infrastructure. 3) Provide scalability and cost-efficiency for reliable cloud platforms in critical infrastructure ICT through validation, testing and other benchmark practices.
Project proposer:   Farhan Sahito (Austria)
Description of the project offered:   Industrial manufacture, Information processing. Information systems, Telecommunications, ICT Applications, Network technologies, Robotics, Project management methodologies, Coordination. Cooperation, Scientific research, Business aspect
Partner role:  Project coordinator
Partner organisation:  Research
Call for proposal title:  FP7-SEC-2012-1
Call for proposal identifier:  FP7-SEC-2012-1


Description of the collaboration sought: Partners for a joint submission to FP7-SEC-2012 (2.5-2) Cyber resilience - secure cloud computing for critical infrastructure - capability project
Expertise sought: Industrial manufacture, Information processing. Information systems, Telecommunications, Transport, ICT Applications, Network technologies, Automation, Other technology, Security, Evaluation, Innovation. Technology transfer, Coordination. Cooperation, Scientific research, Business aspects,
Roles sought: Project coordinator, Project participant,
Organisation types sought: Research, Education, Industry, Technology transfer, Small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), Public administration,
Countries sought: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Russia,