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Accountability For Cloud and Other Future Internet Services

Accountability For Cloud and Other Future Internet Services

Objective

Cloud and IT service providers should act as responsible stewards for the data of their customers and users. However the current absence of accountability frameworks for distributed IT services makes it difficult for users to understand, influence and determine how their service providers honour their obligations.A4Cloud will create solutions to support users in deciding and tracking how their data is used by cloud service providers. By combining methods of risk analysis, policy enforcement, monitoring and compliance auditing with tailored IT mechanisms for security, assurance and redress, A4Cloud aims to extend accountability across entire cloud service value chains, covering personal and business sensitive information in the cloud.A4Cloud solutions will support service providers in preventing breaches of trust by using audited policy enforcement techniques, assessing the potential impact of policy violations, detecting violations, managing incidents and obtaining redress.A4Cloud aims to improve the acceptability of cloud-based infrastructures where critical data is perceived to be at risk. It will develop techniques for improved trustworthiness of cloud ecosystems as prerequisite for accountability. Therefore it will create policies and tools that enforce responsibilities while striking a balance between transparency and privacy, and determine issues and constraints for regulators, corporate and institutional service providers, users, and their end-users.A4Cloud will have a lasting impact on the competitiveness of the European ICT sector by addressing major perceived barriers to trustworthy cloud-based services. These include concerns about complexity and enforceability of legal, regulatory and contractual provisions, socio-economic and corporate constraints, issues of trust for service-users such as risk-mitigation, privacy, confidentiality and transparency, and operational challenges such as interoperability and enforcing and monitoring compliance.

Coordinator

HEWLETT-PACKARD LIMITED

Address

Cain Road
Rg12 1hn Bracknell

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 710 609

Participants (13)

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HOCHSCHULE FURTWANGEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 314 760

SAP SE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 879 345

UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 554 014

EURECOM

France

EU Contribution

€ 490 833

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS

France

EU Contribution

€ 425 385

ATHENS TECHNOLOGY CENTER ANONYMI BIOMICHANIKI EMPORIKI KAI TECHNIKI ETAIREIA EFARMOGON YPSILIS TECHNOLOGIAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 508 631

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 847 500

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 1 254 682

UNIVERSITETET I STAVANGER

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 893 160

KARLSTADS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 837 960

CLOUD SECURITY ALLIANCE (EUROPE) LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 454 110

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 666 278

ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES TECHNIQUES INDUSTRIELLES ET DES MINES DE NANTES

France

EU Contribution

€ 121 621

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 317550

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    31 March 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 14 006 686

  • EU contribution

    € 9 958 888

Coordinated by:

HEWLETT-PACKARD LIMITED

United Kingdom

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