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Award Abstract #1330308

TWC: Frontier: Collaborative: Rethinking Security in the Era of Cloud Computing

NSF Org: CNS
Division Of Computer and Network Systems
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Initial Amendment Date: August 14, 2013
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Latest Amendment Date: April 19, 2016
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Award Number: 1330308
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Award Instrument: Continuing grant
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Program Manager: Ralph Wachter
CNS Division Of Computer and Network Systems
CSE Direct For Computer & Info Scie & Enginr
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Start Date: September 1, 2013
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End Date: August 31, 2018 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $1,195,231.00
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Investigator(s): Michael Swift swift@cs.wisc.edu (Principal Investigator)
Thomas Ristenpart (Former Principal Investigator)
Srinivasa Akella (Co-Principal Investigator)
Michael Swift (Former Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: University of Wisconsin-Madison
21 North Park Street
MADISON, WI 53715-1218 (608)262-3822
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NSF Program(s): Secure &Trustworthy Cyberspace
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Program Reference Code(s): 7434, 8087
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Program Element Code(s): 8060

ABSTRACT

There are at least two key features of the move to cloud computing that introduce the opportunity for significant leaps forward in computer security for tenant services. First, a compute cloud provides a common software, hardware and management basis for rolling out cross-cutting services en masse that have resisted incremental deployment in a one-service-at-a-time fashion. Second, compute clouds offer providers a broad view of activity across an unprecedented diversity of tenant services. This research project leverages these features to develop new approaches to a wide array of fundamental problems in computer security. By convening Cloud Security Horizons summits with industry stakeholders, this project further seeks to both contribute to industry directions in cloud computing and to be informed by them.

Particular longstanding security challenges addressed in this project include secure transport, authorization, user and software authentication, security monitoring, and incident analysis. Moreover, since modern clouds are not sufficiently extensible to support the envisioned capabilities, this project is constructing cloud software platforms that enable the flexibility, extensibility and security needed for this research to come to fruition in practice.

 

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