Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project
Confidentiality, integrity, and availability of applications and their data are of immediate concern to almost all organisations that use cloud computing. This is particularly true for organisations that must comply with strict confidentiality, availability and integrity policies, including those which process personal data and those supporting society’s most critical infrastructures, such as finance, utilities, health care and smart grids.
Critical infrastructure operators have legitimate concerns about the dependability of applications hosted in third-party clouds: cloud providers are already struggling to give strong security guarantees that data will be protected. This already limits security guarantees regarding confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The lack of adequate dependability, however, is increasingly becoming the primary barrier to the broad adoption of cloud computing, not only in the critical infrastructure domain but also in all domains in which the survival of a company depends on the reliability of the cloud. Hence, the cloud becomes itself a critical infrastructure for which we need to guarantee sufficient dependability such that we can justifiably place our trust in the hosted applications.
The SecureCloud project aims to remove technical impediments to dependable cloud computing, i.e., SecureCloud will ensure the confidentiality, integrity, availability and security of applications and their data. Thereby, SecureCloud will encourage and enable a greater uptake of cost-effective, environment-friendly, and innovative cloud solutions, in particular, for critical infrastructure applications throughout Europe and Brazil.