The Security Challenges and Countermeasures of Virtual Cloud

Bhupesh Mansukhani, Tanveer Zia

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Abstract

The adaption of cloud computing is on a rise these days, due to the various effects that it has on enterprise. As it allows the users to have scalable infrastructure and economical benefits which indeed a way to boost any enterprise mind in opting for such service. Cloud Computing offers a whole new paradigm to allow the users to have high-end and scalable infrastructure at an affordable cost and without even the need of managing the inventory. The interesting part of cloud computing is it offer three platforms to choose from IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, these three platforms together, form cloud computing, out of these three platforms the interesting one is IaaS (infrastructure as a service) that allows the users to have on the fly infrastructure. Although IaaS offers great benefits to the users but the complexity in its structure, open doors to unseen and forcible threats to security of the data and cloud computing. In this paper, the authors have proposed countermeasures to secure cloud computing IaaS virtual platform by High Trust Zone. The solution proposed would minimize the threats to the virtualized infrastructure of the cloud by binding the VMs (Virtual Machines) in one trusted zone, irrespective of the Users applications and security policy, this zone will provide utmost protection to the other running VMs and devices of the physical host such as memory, hardware etc. The authors believe that by using the proposed solution (High Trust Zone), it can offer pre-emptive protection words complex and dynamic cloud virtual infrastructure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecAU2012
Subtitle of host publication10th Australian Information Security Management Conference
EditorsMike Johstone Trish Williams, Craig Valli Craig Valli
Place of PublicationPerth
PublisherEdith Cowen University
Pages51-58
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780729807029
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventSecurity Research Centre (SECAU) Conference - Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Duration: 03 Dec 201205 Dec 2012

Conference

ConferenceSecurity Research Centre (SECAU) Conference
Country/TerritoryAustralia
Period03/12/1205/12/12

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