KIRAS Security Research

2011

Cloud Security

The study „Cloud Sicherheit“ prepares Austrian organizations (and their customers) for Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is becoming one of the most important new developments in ICT with the potential to change existing processes in a revolutionary manner. The main challenges to Cloud Computing are currently security issues. Austrian organizations and their customers are confronted with innumerable questions and challenges concerning Cloud Computing security, and they can rarely solve them by themselves. Existing studies (and recommendations) are often not oriented to relevant target groups, do not reflect Austrian situations, are published by cloud solution providers, are too detailed, or connected to substantial costs.

The study „Cloud Sicherheit“ prepares Austrian organizations (and their customers) for Cloud Computing. The study includes (i) the legal and technical analysis of existing solutions with regard to the upcoming EU data protection directive, (ii) the analysis where the data is (physically) stored, what constitutes the legal situation (e.g., when storing the data outside of Austria) and how the data can be misused (action research with the project partners and qualitative cross-sectional analysis), (iii) the development of target group-oriented guidelines for Austrian organizations (by using inductive and deductive reference models) and (iv) the preparation of recommendations for organizations to select their optimal usage model considering the optimal level of data security, data protection, compliance and availability.

The project consortium, consisting of Vienna University of Technology (technical expertise), University of Vienna (legal expertise), SophiSystems (technical expertise), Wirtschaftskammer Österreich (public agency), and Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung und Sport (public agency), promises not only the successful implementation of the project results but also guarantees the integrative view of the topic with the overall aim to increase the security in Austrian organizations (especially public authorities and SMEs), thus increasing added value.

The study "Cloud Sicherheit" provides a sustainable contribution to the strategic KIRAS objectives by (i) increasing the security of critical infrastructures and, thus, the security consciousness of Austrian citizens, (ii) making a significant contribution to the generation of security policy knowledge and (iii) extending the expertise of the project partners. The stakeholder partners will use the project results to improve the security of their critical infrastructures, while the scientific project partners will use the results for scientific publications and to gain an advantage in future EU projects.

Project leader:
O. Univ. Prof. Dr. A Min Tjoa (Technische Universität Wien, Institut für Softwaretechnik und Interaktive Systeme)

Other Project or Cooperation partner
Universität Wien – Fakultät für Informatik
SophiSystems GmbH
Wirtschaftskammer Österreich - Bundessparte Information und Consulting
Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung und Sport

Contact
O. Univ. Prof. Dr. A Min Tjoa
Technische Universität Wien
Institut für Softwaretechnik und interaktive Systeme
Favoritenstrasse 9-11/188
1040 Wien

Tel: +43 (1) 588 01 - 18801
E-Mail: sek@ifs.tuwien.ac.at
WWW: http://www.ifs.tuwien.ac.at

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