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Enforceable Security in the Cloud to Uphold Data Ownership

Enforceable Security in the Cloud to Uphold Data Ownership

Objective

Cloud computing is increasingly a necessary strategical ICT infrastructure component for European companies to successfully compete in the world-wide economy. The advantages of renting ICT infrastructures, platforms, and services, with easy access to scalability and elasticity, are driving an ever accelerating transfer toward the cloud of data and applications. Unfortunately, such a convenience comes at the price of the data owners losing control over their own data and any consequent misuse or security threats on them, which often limit the owner's adoption of the cloud's potential capabilities. On one hand, cloud providers can be assumed to employ basic security mechanisms for protecting data in storage, processing, and communication, devoting resources to ensure security that many medium and small companies may not be able to afford. On the other hand, data owners, when relying on the cloud, lose control over data and their processing, hence leaving them potentially exposed. Today data owners have to choose between having security but limited functionality or fully enjoying functionality but compromising on security and privacy guarantees. This situation has a strong detrimental impact on the adoption and acceptability of cloud services. Data owners may refrain from relying on the cloud for certain data, which they consider more sensitive or critical, or they use the cloud but remain exposed to the consequences of improper protection and control. The goal of ESCUDO is to empower data owners as first class citizens of the cloud. ESCUDO provides effective and deployable solutions allowing data owners to maintain control over their data when relying on Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) for data storage, processing, and management, without sacrificing on functionality. ESCUDO consortium sees the participation of major industry players in the cloud area, and of an innovative SME, contributing real-world use cases, and providing strong exploitation and impact.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Address

Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 849 500

Participants (7)

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BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 630 625

EMC INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 303 125

IBM RESEARCH GMBH

Switzerland

SAP SE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 611 250

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 599 750

UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI BERGAMO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 597 000

WELLNESS TELECOM SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 235 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 644579

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2017

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 822 750

  • EU contribution

    € 3 827 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Italy