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Protecting Sensitive Data in the Computing Continuum

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Securing sensitive data along the computing continuum

Cloud computing is experiencing a fundamental transition from huge data centres to decentralised computing models that restricts latency, increases processing speed and reduces energy consumption. Thanks to the new technology, data produced in end tools such as smartphones and IoT devices are stored, developed, elaborated and transmitted through fog nodes to cloud services. However, the protection of sensitive data in such a decentralised environment is not guaranteed. The EU-funded FogProtect project will provide advanced design, technologies and methods to secure end-to-end data protection along the computing continuum. The project integrates four technological innovations to create applicable solutions for data protection in smart cities, smart industries and smart media.


Cloud computing is transitioning from a few large data centres to a truly decentralized computing paradigm. Computing resources are increasingly provided near the network edge, in a geographically distributed way, in the form of so-called fog nodes. Data produced in end devices like smartphones, sensors or IoT devices can be stored, processed and analysed across a continuum of compute resources, from end devices via fog nodes to cloud services. This decentralized computing paradigm provides huge benefits in terms of reduced latency, increased processing speed and energy savings, but the protection of sensitive data in such a widely decentralized setting becomes a critical concern.
FogProtect delivers new and advanced architectures, technologies, and methodologies for ensuring end-to-end data protection across the computing continuum, from cloud data centres through fog nodes to end devices. The FogProtect solutions are generic and can be used in multiple contexts to support many types of applications and services. FogProtect combines four main technology innovations: (1) secure data container technology for data portability and mobility, (2) data-protection-aware adaptive service and resource management, (3) advanced data protection policy management, (4) dynamic data protection risk management models and tools.
Three complementary real-world use cases demonstrate the applicability of FogProtect solutions to multiple contexts and the impact of the project’s novel solutions for data protection: smart cities, smart manufacturing and smart media. FogProtect provides the essential building blocks to empower data protection, supporting resilience, trustworthiness and human-centricity in the Next Generation Internet.
FogProtect brings together knowledge and solutions of major European ICT providers together with competence of innovative SMEs and deep technical knowledge of leading research organizations, ensuring it has high scientific, technological and economic impact.

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Net EU contribution
€ 725 000,00
Travessa senhor das barrocas 38
3800 075 Aveiro

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Continente Centro (PT) Região de Aveiro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

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