Cloud computing is about hardware-based services involving computing, network and storage capacities. These services are provided on-demand, hosted by the cloud provider and can easily scale up and down.

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Encrypt Virtual Machine in the cloud

I am no expert when it comes to security in virtualized environments. However a problem I always saw is: What happens if the host OS gets hacked and an attacker gains administrative privileges? How ...
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Can we just provide VM snapshopts to LEA

Currently Law enforcement agencies (LEA) take your entire server (or perhaps all servers) in a VPS/Cloud or multi-tenant situation. Have we thought of any policy guidelines where VM images/snapshots ...
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Can fully homomorphic encryption be practical?

Fully homomorphic encryption has been implemented by Craig Gentry using ideal lattices. Can it be applied to data stored on a private cloud setup in practice? I've seen references here and on other ...
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Cloud services - A window to outsourcing illegal activities?

Recently I was exposed to a number of stories where alleged illegal activities (for this case, we can take brute-force) are outsourced to the cloud, and are run by the cloud providers. The providers, ...
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Storing password in Java application

What is best secure way to store passwords in Java web application? I am not talking about password to the DB, so it must be stored in de-cryptable way. It’s cloud environment and I need to protect ...
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It is safe to store photos and documents on skydrive / google cloud services?

I have over 20GB of photos and documents stored on my hard disk without a backup. I'm thinking about saving all of them in a cloud service such as Microsoft Skydrive or google cloud, but I'm wondering ...
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VPS Safety in the Cloud

Imagine you are running a web server on a Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosted in a datacenter. Could the people running the datacenter covertly read files from my VPS's hard disk? Could an attacker ...
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Security of Cloud Storage

What are the main security risks of popular cloud storage services such as Dropbox? I am torn between the convenience of cloud storage and the potential security risk of it. How can I evaluate whether ...
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How can PrivateSky not see your data?

PrivateSky is a website that promises encrypted "cloud-like" secure information exchange. They promise that except the sender and receiver, nobody can see your data. After testing it yesterday, I do ...
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Evaluating Cloud Provider Security

I am trying to make a judgement call on a cloud provider's security. This is what I know : Provider A - PRGMR.COM (not very well known but competent and reliable) Is very transparent - seeks ...
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Dedicated Server in Cloud Environment - SSL Remote Login vs Dedicated VPN

Thanks for taking your time to look into this question. Background I have my website hosted in a dedicated server in the cloud. The server is a Windows 2008 R2 machine. To publish I FTP files to ...
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Protection of Keys/Passwords on Virtual Hardware (XEN, KVM, VMWare, etc.)

Is there any reasonable way to secure data on virtual hardware? What I mean by "virtual hardware" is the various hosted systems that one can rent from various online hosters, that run on top of XEN, ...
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Someone else's cloud infrastructure too sketchy for large enterprise SaaS application?

I have a set of geared-to-enterprise SaaS services I will be trying to sell soon to a number of large companies. In IT and Security reviews for critical software in the past, as a vendor you were ...
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Can PHI be HIPAA compliant on a cloud?

I have read conflicting information on whether PHI can be stored and delivered on a cloud in a HIPAA compliant manner. I hear many people saying you cannot share infrastructure and be HIPAA compliant. ...
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Cloud-specific standards and regulations

Not specific to any particular industry or requirements, but in general - are there currently commonly accepted standards regarding cloud-based applications? I* am developing a system that will be ...
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Is Intel AESNI supported by Xen in VPS/Cloud hosting environments? [closed]

I'm having trouble determining whether when using a hosting company that uses Xen virtualization and Intel processors with AESNI embedded encryption, I would have access to AESNI (i.e., is it an ...
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Using intranet SSO to access sites hosted on public cloud

We are thinking to move some of our intranet sites to public cloud. Is there any way to keep using company SSO to authorize access to those sites from the company intranet?
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Securing a Ubuntu system on Amazon Web Services

I'm in the process of setting up a Ubuntu server on Amazon Web Services / EC2, which will need to host the following: A relatively simple Java-based website (using the Noir framework) A Java-based ...
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Are there any reviews or user experiences with Secretsync?

I haven't been able to find much in the way of professional reviews for Secretsync - http://getsecretsync.com/ss/ But i'm wondering how it compares to Boxcryptor and Truecrypt. How secure is ...
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What are the major security concerns in cloud computing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are security issues which are specific to cloud computing? What are the major security concerns in cloud computing? From the point of view of a user that is using ...
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How can I share files with other individuals using the cloud in a secure way?

I would like to use a dropbox because it is easy and convenient. But I want to encrypt the files with the public key of the intended recipient, so he will be the only one who can access the data in ...
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Cloud computing: future security challenges and solutions

I am currently writing a paper on the future security challenges of Cloud Computing, and possible solutions to these problems. After many hours of reading articles on the internet (my nearby library ...
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Do any cloud storage system offer an append-only mode for buckets, directories, etc.?

I'm curious what cloud storage systems offer an append only mode, especially open source ones. In particular, would any cloud storage systems support the following workflow : Anonymous users may ...
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GPU powered Password cracking machine - buy metal or cloud?

As a IS consulting firm, we would like to have our very own password cracking machine. Great. Now, after some sketching and brain storming we concluded that GPU is the best way to go (contrary to CPU ...
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Amazon EC2 security compared to a standalone server

Lets say I want to run a out-of-the-box instance on Amazon EC2 and on my own standalone server. I don't run anything on them, just let them idle by themselves. What is the relative level of security ...
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Concerns of data being on the cloud

Would you prefer a private cloud for your data or a public one? Who takes care of financial liability in case of any breach? Do companies still keep the most critical within their data centers, ...
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Risks with Amazon S3 and costs

I have little security knowledge and looking at image hosting for a startup: Considering S3 doesn't allow you to set a cap on costs, how likely is it that someone could flood S3 with requests for my ...
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What's wrong with storing private keys in the cloud?

I know this sounds like a dumb question, but whats wrong with it? Assuming that all private data is encrypted (by the client) using PBE AES256, then is this scheme more vulerable than storing keys on ...
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What browsers support encryption or decryption using local certificates, or smartcard readers?

I am working on a cloud-based solution and I would like to encrypt / decrypt the data locally using either a SmartCard or local Machine certificate. I'm hoping to do this in Javascript, but may ...
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Can wildcard certificates hide/obscure the hostname in a TLS connection?

I'm trying to increase security for my cloud-based / multi-tenant environment. I'm considering having clients access an obscure URL such as GUID.myCloud.com. I will then respond to that guid-based ...
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Google App Engine Security

I am writing a master thesis concerning security of certain applications, and as a part of it I want to write a web app on Google App Engine and test how secure it is. Does anyone know if there was ...
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Google App Engine Security [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Google App Engine Security I am writing a master thesis concerning security of certain applications, and as a part of it I want to write a web app on Google App Engine ...
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Is this set-up PCI-Compliant?

Question: Is there a way to store credit card information on a shared hosting server AND be PCI compliant? Here is the setup: 1) SSL is being implemented for the whole checkout process and for the ...
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Has anyone achieved PCI compliance on AWS?

All the FAQs, documents and statements published by AWS aside, did any Level 1 merchant or service provider actually achieve PCI compliance on AWS yet? We're evaluating moving some of our services to ...
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Dropbox vulnerability details

Dropbox (the online cloud storage provider) was recently in the news for some security and privacy vulnerabilities. What was the problem, and what has been done to resolve it?
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Export laws on the cloud (key size)

Do the U.S. export laws around AES-256 apply to applications hosted in the cloud?
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iOS/Android authentication and security

Here is what I am trying to do and can anyone provide some best practice advice for authentication and security? Each user will have their own private database on the cloud. He will have his local ...
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How to operate a honeypot in the cloud?

Just finished reading "Honeypot on home network to help me learn", and the top-voted/selected answer that suggest deploying a honeypot to the cloud, but the answer does not say how to do it; also, ...
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Does OpenID, SAML pose a threat to Tor's anonymity? How can I protect from a compromised .exit node?

This is a thought experiment on the interaction between Tor, OpenID and one (or more) compromised nodes in the secure path. I'm focused on how to use technology in a way that adds value to a secure ...
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What Partial Homomorphic Encryption implementations exist and how do I leverage them?

It appears that only Partial Homomorphic Encryption(P.H.E.) is practical for modern day (2011) use. However I'm having difficulty locating libraries (FOSS or otherwise) that enable me to leverage ...
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How do I learn Cryptographic/Mathematical notation

I asked a question earlier where it was recommended that I describe my issue using standard cryptography notation. How do I learn this notation and how to convey my approach? How can I annotate this ...
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Peer review of C# cryptography for Azure Table security

Edit: Update - I am researching how to implement AES with authentication in an efficient way for this project. If you have the time I'd appreciate your skill in finding the best implementation for ...
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In what ways does Full or Partial Homomorphic Encryption benefit the cloud?

Can someone explain, in plain English, the practical ways FHE and PHE can be leveraged in the cloud? Some interesting (and confusing) links include this Microsoft Research PDF and this wiki entry. ...
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What is more secure: Many subdirectories, or many subdomains?

I have 3 websites that could be configured as a "VirtualApplication" in servicedefinition.csdef: www.mydomain.net/enroll www.mydomain.net/admin www.mydomain.net/ ... or I can configure them as a ...
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Key management in cloud datacenters

In terms of infrastructure, how do Cloud providers (organizations providing SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS via the cloud) manage keys and cryptography? From my understanding, "private" datacenters tend to ...
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What CSS is considered Safe or Unsafe within a multi tenant website?

I'm reading the Azure Patterns and Practices multi-tenant guidance and in there it says Cascading style sheets Behaviors are one feature that the Surveys site will not support. What CSS ...
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CloudFlare benefits or drawbacks

Anyone running a webserver would agree, security can be a hustle and tedious job. Recently I came across a service claiming to help with that -- CloudFlare.com. There's plenty of benefits listed on ...
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Safe implementation of sharing encryption secrets (username, password) in the cloud

I'm building a multi-tenant (cloud) environment that needs to push out (or make available for download) configuration files for agents (background services) that receive this information. One of the ...
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When would you support the storage of Security & Application event logs in the Cloud?

Under what conditions would you be comfortable storing server log data residing in a secure facility, off-premises? When would you consider a SaaS /hosted solution and what value add should that ...
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What are the security risks of the Service Bus, and how do you mitigate them?

The Service Bus is software that can be installed on Windows or rented on Azure and allows someone to relay SOAP/WCF information over the internet in the form of a XML over HTTPS payload. One risk ...