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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Security risk of allowing ICMP “destination unreachable” packets on AWS

If I configure an Amazon AWS VPC, should I explicitly allow ICMP "destination unreachable" packets outbound? I am wanting the VPC firewall to block everything by default, however does this mean this ...
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can I trust Boxcryptor closed source software? Encryption of files for cloud hoster

Boxcryptor https://www.boxcryptor.com is not Open Source. Can I trust this? Is it secure? No government backdoor? Because there is no alternative for OS X and iOS.
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What are the steps to securing encryption keys/databases on an unsecured DAAS provider?

Most Desktop As A Service providers store their virtual hard drives and the VMs RAM in a way that allows them to access their contents. Choosing a provider who offers a 'no-knowledge of server' ...
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Google Cloud and Firewall [on hold]

I am trying to look for a server which is able to provide security to host some software tools. I was looking at cloud solutions such as google cloud and amazon aws services and comparing them with a ...
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How is protected connection between the client and the server carried out when using cloud storage?

How is protected connection between the client and the server carried out when using cloud storage? Based on use of VPN connections or protected protocols at various levels (SSH, TLS/SSL, IPSec)? But ...
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Digital Ocean “Droplet” allgedly compromised for trivial, unpublicized website. Should I be worried abouty my own machine?

I got a message from D.O. about my Droplet saying they shut it down because there was a lot of outgoing traffic that looked like an attack. The site I had on that server was not very known at all. ...
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An Efficient and Secure Dynamic Auditing Protocol for Data Storage in Cloud Computing [closed]

I am doing research on this topic and have to submit research paper in my college. I've googled many times for relevant material but didn't find anything suitable. Here are some key features : ...
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Securing a VPS network with a VPN and a DMZ

I've got several VPS boxes (Digital Ocean boxes w/Ubuntu) that I would like to lock down from the outside world. I want to have several private boxes (web servers, db servers, puppet/master boxes ...
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Is Firefox Password Manager less secure than LastPass?

After installing the LastPass password manager, I am presented with a login dialog including the option to "Disable Insecure Firefox Password Manager". (This option appears as long as the Firefox ...
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help identifying an IP address from email sent from my gmail account

Someone sent the following email from my gmail account. I believe it was hacked and if I can find the IP address I may be able to identify the person who did it. Here is the information. Please let me ...
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IDS across seperate AWS accounts

I have 2 separate AWS accounts and I would like to a Vuln scanner/IDS on one to scan another. One environment is a regular AWS account and the other is in AWS Gov Cloud. Due to limitations within ...
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Security of Microsoft OneDrive

A friend asked about putting some of his data on Microsoft's OneDrive. I did some research, and what I learned seems very surprising. It appears that all the user data on MS OneDrive is store ...
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Steps for building a good File Encryption on Android

I want to be able to build a good file encryption on android for a cloud app. The files used are mainly pdfs, pngs, docs, audio, video, etc (all sorts of files). Edit: My constrains are that it ...
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Is cloud hosting allowed for FIPS 140-2?

I am in the very early stages of making my application FIPS 140-2 compliant... so early in fact that I am not sure what level it has to be... just writing a preliminary recommendations document at ...
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Password for XLS files

I am not sure if this is right place to ask this question. I have created an xls file to store all my password in it. lately I have uploaded same file on Google Drive to access it from remote ...
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Storing KeePass database in cloud. How safe?

It certainly would be more convenient to store my KeePass database on either S3, Dropbox, or better yet SpiderOak. My fear is having my cloud storage account compromised then having the credentials ...
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It it a good idea to whitelist inbound email using a Hash on the address? (Similar to BATV, but with DKIM)

Problem Statement I'm looking at ways to ensure that business partners, or emails from trusted senders, never get quarantined; ....in other words prevent "ham being seen as spam". Ideally this ...
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what is the cons and pros of using webfiltering based on cloud security?

nowadays some vendors offering web filtering based on cloud security , where your web traffic will be forwarded to vendor cloud to be filtered and controlled at the vendor proxy , the vendor will ...
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What was the security vulnerability behind Box and Dropbox and what's different now?

Earlier today I received a number of comments saying that my shared links were disabled. I looked around and saw a number of articles explaining what happened, and Dropbox posted an official statement ...
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Homomorphic encryption for query execution

We are doing our final year project which maintains log records in the cloud.. we need to execute select query on encrypted data to select particular log records based on the given condition. Is this ...
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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 are some considerations before moving personal data to Google Drive?

I am considering uploading some (all) of my digital personal data to Google Drive. I guess this would instantly grant access for NSA to my data. (Is that right?) Who would have access to my data on ...
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Can user identifying information in Dropbox be derived from subscription data?

I've noticed that my Dropbox installation really loves sending unencrypted information over the net including a "user_id" and it's user-agent. What i want to know is if it's possible at all to ...
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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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unexpected thumbprint when connecting via remote desktop - what now?

I have an Amazon EC2 instance in a VPC. I have not logged into it for some time, so I used the Amazon EC2 CLI with ec2-get-console-output to check what the thumbprint should be when I connect. To my ...
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Are files hosted on cloud servers/websites/databases manually checked by people?

I was wondering ... when I upload a file to, say, Dropbox, does anybody personally check it to see what it is? Say I upload a copy of my Blu-ray movie to cloud storage ... will anyone check, and ...
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Is amazon S3 secure enough to hold personal documents?

I have a client who is looking to hold personal information such as Driving Licences and Insurance documents in order to verify if a user of the site is who they say they are and lives where they say ...
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Forensics in the cloud

I recently did a university module on digital forensics and learned a lot about the process, and techniques, of digital forensics investigations. We didn't actually cover the cloud although I ...
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Resources for pentesting cloud based services/web-apps?

I want to know about some of the good resources for pen-testing cloud based services or web-apps (such as AWS). I googled for it but there are really few good resources out there. For example, I liked ...
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Service traffic hijacking, how does cloud make it worse?

I read an article from CSA that they rank service traffic hijacking as the #3 threat to cloud-services. Why is it worse for the user if an attacker hijacks its service traffic on cloud? What new ...
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Managing keyczar keysets across multiple servers (google compute engine)

I'm a developer building a web service that will be required to store a few credentials for 3rd party services that would themselves provide access to customer data that I would consider sensitive. ...
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Virtualization / Cloud-Stack fingerprinting from running VM

How can the host environment (not just the OS) be identified from a running guest VM. To determine what the underlying host and virtualization stacks being used actually are. I.e. whether there's 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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A demonstration of the most basic form of a data breach or similar attack

I am currently working on my bachelor thesis regarding cloud security and found this neat article describing the "Notorious nine" written by the CSA: The notoruios nine I am looking to try out some ...
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What to focus on in Cloud security? [closed]

I am writing my bachelor thesis in CS on cloud security and its weaknesses and started to do research today and got quite overwhelmed. I am mainly looking at IaaS and PaaS services and have decided ...
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Anyone out there using Umbrella from OpenDNS? What exactly is it?

I'm still looking for a centrally-managed AV/malware management system and I've been testing out both Panda and Webroot (due to their 'cloud-based' structure that doesn't require a server for me to ...
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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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Are cloud-based collaboration tools “safe”?

I've tried to bring in collaboration tools at my company such as Evernote, Dropbox, OneNote, GoogleDocs etc. at our company but am finding it tough to get people on board. We use Sharepoint to store ...
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HIPAA compliant on Azure cloud? [closed]

We are using WebRoles to host our api, Table storage to persist PHI and Blob Storage to persist MRIs and CT images. What is required to become HIPAA Compliant? -- Edit 2014-02-17 -- I just want to ...
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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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How did the spammers get this address?

A few months ago I configured a test mail server on Amazon AWS, all legit. I used a new address to my catchall-domain (something similar to, but not exactly, ...
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Why is no cloud allowed in this brief? [closed]

I couldn't find a better place on StackExchange for this question, but please point me in the right direction if there is a better place for it. My company is bidding for some work, and in the ...
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What are the security risks associated with storing passwords on the internet?

With products such as LastPass that store encrypted passwords on remote servers, what are the associated risks that aren't applicable to locally stored and encrypted passwords? If something is ...
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Does setting up a DMZ for a home consumer “cloud” appliance make sense?

Some of you may have seen/hard of Western Digital's MyCloud NAS solution for home networks. This comes with a proprietary app suite for mobile devices and workstations alike. This allows the consumer ...
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How much safe is “the cloud” ? What is the simplest and safest approach in storing everyday personal data?

You use multiple computers in work, home and mobile devices (android, ipad). You want to share your files between devices and you use physical sources: an SD card, dvds, a usb stick etc. with every ...
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Any issues with this security design for cloud storage? Server doesn't even need to know password to log someone in

I've created an algorithm I think I'm going to use for a cloud storage service I'm developing- if there are no issues or vulnerabilities with it. It's this along with TLS and forward secrecy ...
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Advanced research in securing development environment when offered via remote access

With this question I am looking for a direction or suggestions towards advanced research that might be going on currently in designing remote access environments for the development environment(DE) ...
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How to mitigate SSL based DDoS attacks?

as you probably know the problem with SSL based DDoS attacks is, that the traffic cannot be analysed and filtered by a DDoS mitigation service provider such as Prolexic, Akamai, Radware, etc. without ...
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PCI-DSS - key-based shell access to internal servers?

In the following PCI 2.0 requirement, I am not sure how to interpret computer access to internal machines (not remotely accessible): Requirement 8: Assign a unique ID to each person with computer ...
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ICO compliance and Google Cloud SQL

I have a basic simple question for which I couldn't find anywhere. Is is possible to use Google Cloud SQL services and still retain the regulations from ICO and other similar requirements? I ...