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[Conference News] Federated Clouds Face Security Challenges

Just as public clouds enable customers to handle peak demands, federated clouds enable individual cloud providers to cope with unexpected demand variations. Cloud federation is not a new concept, but the perceived lack of security has left it more visionary than deployable.

In a paper presented at the 2012 IEEE Fourth International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (Cloudcom 2012), a group of Norwegian researchers surveyed the state of the art in cloud-computing security — identifying unsolved issues related to federated clouds and describing possible approaches to deal with threats.

"Thunder in the Clouds: Security Challenges and Solutions for Federated Clouds" and other papers from Cloudcom 2012 are available to both IEEE Computer Society members and paid subscribers via the Computer Society Digital Library.

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