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What's Special about Cloud Security?
July-Aug. 2012 (vol. 14 no. 4)
pp. 6-8
Peter Mell, US National Institute of Standards and Technology
Although cloud security concerns have consistently ranked as one of the top challenges to cloud adoption, it's not clear what security issues are particular to cloud computing. To approach this question, the author attempts to derive cloud security issues from various cloud definitions and a reference architecture.

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cloud computing, cloud security
Peter Mell, "What's Special about Cloud Security?," IT Professional, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 6-8, July-Aug. 2012, doi:10.1109/MITP.2012.84
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