Controlling data in the cloud: outsourcing computation without outsourcing control


Event CCSW 2009


Chow, Richard
Golle, Philippe
Jakobsson, Markus
Elaine Shi
Staddon, Jessica
Technical Publications
November 1st 2009
Cloud computing is clearly one of todays most enticing technology areas due, at least in part, to its cost-efficiency and flexibility. However, despite the surge in activity and interest, there are significant, persistent concerns about cloud computing that are impeding momentum and will eventually compromise the vision of cloud computing as a new IT procurement model. In this white paper, we clearly characterize the problems and their impact on adoption. In addition, and equally importantly, we describe how the combination of existing research thrusts has strong potential to alleviate many of the concerns impeding adoption. In particular, we argue that with continued research advances in trusted computing and computation-supporting encryption, life in the cloud can be advantageous from a business intelligence standpoint over the isolated alternative that is more common today.


Chow, R.; Golle, P.; Jakobsson, M.; Shi, E.; Staddon, J.; Masuoka, R.; Molina, J. Controlling data in the cloud: outsourcing computation without outsourcing control. Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Workshop on Cloud Computing Security (CCSW 2009); 2009 November 13; Chicago, IL. NY: ACM; 2009; 85-90.

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