IEEE Transactions on Services Computing

IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC) is a journal that focuses on research on the algorithmic, mathematical, statistical and computational methods that are central in services computing; the emerging field of Service Oriented Architecture, Web Services, Business Process Integration, Solution Performance Management, Services Operations and Management. Read more about TSC

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From the September/October 2017 issue

RepCloud: Attesting to Cloud Service Dependency

By Anbang Ruan and Andrew Martin

Featured article thumbnail imageSecurity enhancements to the emerging IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) cloud computing systems have become the focus of much research, but little of this targets the underlying infrastructure. Trusted cloud systems are proposed to integrate trusted computing infrastructure with cloud systems. With remote attestations, cloud customers are able to determine the genuine behaviors of their applications’ hosts; and therefore they establish trust to the cloud. However, the current trusted clouds have difficulties in effectively attesting to the cloud service dependency for customers’ applications, due to the cloud’s complexity, heterogeneity and dynamism. In this paper, we present RepCloud, a decentralized cloud trust management framework, inspired by the reputation systems from the research in peer-to-peer systems. With RepCloud, cloud customers are able to determine the properties of the exact nodes that may affect the genuine functionalities of their applications, without obtaining much internal information of the cloud. Experiments showed that besides achieving fine-grained cloud service dependency attestation, RepCloud incurred lower trust management overhead than the existing trusted cloud systems.

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