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Light-Weight Accountable Privacy Preserving Protocol in Cloud Computing Based on a Third-Party Auditor
by Ben Haj Frej, Mohamed, Ph.D., University of Bridgeport, 2019, 110; 27743650
Abstract (Summary)

Cloud computing is emerging as the next disruptive utility paradigm [1]. It provides extensive storage capabilities and an environment for application developers through virtual machines. It is also the home of software and databases that are accessible, on-demand. Cloud computing has drastically transformed the way organizations, and individual consumers access and interact with Information Technology. Despite significant advancements in this technology, concerns about security are holding back businesses from fully adopting this promising information technology trend.

Third-party auditors (TPAs) are becoming more common in cloud computing implementations. Hence, involving auditors comes with its issues such as trust and processing overhead. To achieve productive auditing, we need to (1) accomplish efficient auditing without requesting the data location or introducing processing overhead to the cloud client; (2) avoid introducing new security vulnerabilities during the auditing process.

There are various security models for safeguarding the CCs (Cloud Client) data in the cloud. The TPA systematically examines the evidence of compliance with established security criteria in the connection between the CC and the Cloud Service Provider (CSP). The CSP provides the clients with cloud storage, access to a database coupled with services. Many security models have been elaborated to make the TPA more reliable so that the clients can trust the third-party auditor with their data.

Our study shows that involving a TPA might come with its shortcomings, such as trust concerns, extra overhead, security, and data manipulation breaches; as well as additional processing, which leads to the conclusion that a lightweight and secure protocol is paramount to the solution. As defined in [2] privacy-preserving is making sure that the three cloud stakeholders are not involved in any malicious activities coming from insiders at the CSP level, making sure to remediate to TPA vulnerabilities and that the CC is not deceitfully affecting other clients.

In our survey phase, we have put into perspective the privacy-preserving solutions as they fit the lightweight requirements in terms of processing and communication costs, ending up by choosing the most prominent ones to compare with them our simulation results. In this dissertation, we introduce a novel method that can detect a dishonest TPA: The Light-weight Accountable Privacy-Preserving (LAPP) Protocol. The lightweight characteristic has been proven simulations as the minor impact of our protocol in terms of processing and communication costs. This protocol determines the malicious behavior of the TPA. To validate our proposed protocol’s effectiveness, we have conducted simulation experiments by using the GreenCloud simulator. Based on our simulation results, we confirm that our proposed model provides better outcomes as compared to the other known contending methods.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dichter, Julius
Commitee: Gupta, Navarun, Mahmood, Ausif, Lee, Jeongkyu, Rizvi, Syed S
School: University of Bridgeport
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
School Location: United States -- Connecticut
Source: DAI-B 81/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Computer science, Computer Engineering
Keywords: Cloud client (CC), Cloud service provider (CSP), Lightweight accountable privacy-preserving (LAPP), Public auditing, Third party auditor (TPA)
Publication Number: 27743650
ISBN: 9781658475440
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