Experimental Proof: Data Remanence in Cloud VMs

B. Albelooshi, K. Salah, T. Martin, E. Damiani

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Abstract

Data security is one of the main concerns organizations have when implementing cloud computing. In particular, data leakage issues in public clouds have been widely studied. Data remanence is considered a major threat, as residual data may include sensitive information like user names, passwords, encryption keys, URLS, etc. However, until now little if any experimental evidence has been put forward supporting the existence and extent of such threat in commercial cloud VMs. In this paper, we provide experimental proof of the remanence of data in VM memory and hard disk. Our experimental design is repeatable and suitable for inclusion in assurance testing and certification suites.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2015 IEEE 8th International Conference on Cloud Computing, CLOUD 2015
EditorsCalton Pu, Ajay Mohindra
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1017-1020
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781467372879
DOIs
StatePublished - 19 Aug 2015
Event8th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing, CLOUD 2015 - New York, United States
Duration: 27 Jun 20152 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2015 IEEE 8th International Conference on Cloud Computing, CLOUD 2015

Conference

Conference8th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing, CLOUD 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York
Period27/06/152/07/15

Keywords

  • Cloud Computing
  • Residual data
  • Security solutions
  • VM RAM security

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